The legislation also would outline similar rules for Senate consideration next year, such as requiring the Senate Finance Committee to report the legislation within 15 days or it would automatically be discharged to the floor. It also would allow a senator to make a motion to proceed to the legislation shortly after it is approved by the committee, or more likely, discharged from committee consideration. The motion to proceed would not be debatable in the Senate, and could not be filibustered.
Before passing the bill, the House voted 176-246 to reject a substitute amendment offered by Louise M. Slaughter, D-N.Y., that would have outlined Democratic principles for a tax overhaul.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.