The tax reform debate will begin in earnest next week, as both the House and Senate will be working on Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget resolutions that will include reconciliation instructions designed to avoid a Senate filibuster. The Senate Budget Committee has released their FY 2018 budget resolution ahead of hearings this week, allowing for $1.5 trillion in tax cuts over the next decade. Meanwhile, the House is expected to vote on its own budget resolution on the House floor. While it’s unclear how the chambers ultimately plan to reconcile their respective budgets, the result is likely to set the stage for Republicans to pass their tax overhaul with a simple majority in the Senate.
Legislators will ease into the week today, as the House is set to vote on six non-controversial measures from the Natural Resources Committee under suspension of the rules, which limits debate and requires a two-thirds majority for passage. Meanwhile, the Senate is expected to vote on the renomination of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to continue as a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).