Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is the name of the congressional republican tax bill that set forth a plan to simplify the tax code and change the tax rate for individuals and business. However, the bill became the subject of controversy after numerous additions were made to the bill that seemingly were made to the bill that many considered rider provisions, as well as the estimates that the plan would add $1.5 trillion to the national debt.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was introduced the United States House of Representatives on November 2nd, 2017 by Texas Republican Representative Kevin Brady. One week later, it was approved by the House Ways and Means Committee, officially allowing the bill to be voted on by congress.
House of Representatives
On November 16th, the bill was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in a nearly party-line vote of 227-205. Only 13 Republicans voted "No" to the bill, while no Democrat voted for it. The bill sought to enact $1.5 trillion in tax cuts at a speed, the New York Times noted, "stunned many in Washington.
On December 1st, 2017, as the Senate prepared to vote on the bill, discussions on the Senate floor stalled over a "trigger," which would raise taxes if the bill failed after implemented. Voting was stalled until the folllowing day.
The next day, hearings and debate resumed, and the bill was passed just before 2am on Saturday. During the vote, Senate Democrats argued about the length of the bill and little time to read the entire, 479 page bill. Democrats were denied a motion to delay the vote so that they could read the plan. The vote was strictly party line. 51 Republicans voted for the bill and 49 Democrats voted against it.
Scribbled Policy Changes
ON December 1st, Senator Bob Menendez tweeted  pages of the bill with Xs and lines through the text. He wrote, "Okay this is absurd. One page of the new #GOPTaxPlan is crossed out with an ex. Another page is just a line. Is that a crossout? Is this page part of the bill? WHY AM I ASKING THESE QUESTIONS HOURS BEFORE WE VOTE ON IT?? #GOPTaxScam." The tweet (shown below, left) received more than 22,000 retweets and 35,000 likes in less than four days.
Senator Dick Durbin tweeted another page with the caption "Trying to review the #GOPTaxScam but they are making hand-written changes to brand new text as we speak – can anyone else read this?" The post (shown below, right) received more than 13,000 rewteets and 16,000 likes in four days.
Throughout the night, people began posting various notes of scribbled handwriting on Twitter. Twitter user @ChuckWendig referenced the mock conspiracy theory Ted Cruz Zodiac Killer tweeted a picture of the Zodiac killer's infamous notes with the caption, "I see they've released the Senate tax bill, finally. Looks like Ted Cruz took a whack at it. #TaxScamBill." The post (shown below, left) received more than 975 retweets and 2800 likes in less than five days. Twitter user @OsitaNwanevu tweeted the bill next to the Hello Mr. Police drawing from the film The Snowman. The tweet (shown below, right) received more than 2,000 retweets and 7,900 likes in less than five days.
News regarding the tax bill reached the front page of Reddit's /r/Politics page numerous times, collecting more than 50,000 points.
Since it was announced, Twitter published several Moments pages about news of the bill.
Paul Ryan's Gavel Bang
Paul Ryan's Gavel Bang is a series of image macros and jokes that referencing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's banging of the gavel to declare the passage of the Tax Cuts and Job Acts of 2017.
That's a little on the nose, House gavel pic.twitter.com/Z4T67MDKB5— Mark Gongloff, LLC (@markgongloff) December 19, 2017
Tremendous, Tremendous Things
On December 22nd, 2017, Donald Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In a video of the signing, Trump placed his hand on the bill and said "Everything in here, it's really, it's tremendous things."
Trump on tax bill: "I consider this very much a bill for the middle class and a bill for jobs." pic.twitter.com/l7TBCpKipa
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 22, 2017
After the video began spreading, Twitter began joking about that quote, thanks to a tweet by user @christinawilkie which quoted the president (shown below).
Her tweet was then quoted by several other Twitter users who presented Trump's quote with different, humorous captions, such as a person trying to explain something they know nothing about. For example, Twitter user @maggieserota tweeted such a joke that gained over 20 retweets and 110 likes in a little over an hour (shown below, left). User @ditzkoff tweeted a joke about reading Ulysses that gained over 60 retweets and 530 likes in the same time. The moment was covered by Twitter Moments.
 Slate – Republicans Celebrate a Plausible Tax Bill
 The New York Times – House Passes Tax Bill, as Does Senate Panel
 Twitter – @SenatorMenendez's Tweet
 Reuters – Republican tax bill stumbles on deficit 'trigger,' new options weighed
 CBS – Tax bill: Senate passes sweeping tax overhaul in early morning vote
 Twitter – @SenatorDurbin's Tweet
 Twitter – @ChuckWendig's Tweet
 Twitter – @OsitaNwanevu's Tweet
 Reddit – GOP Senator says it’s hard to fund $14 billion children’s health care program -- then advocates for $1 trillion tax cut
 Reddit – "US Senate passes tax cuts for America's richest in late-night vote ":https://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/7h2bpb/us_senate_passes_tax_cuts_for_americas_richest_in/
 Reddit – GOP senator: No tax cuts for working people because they blow them on “booze or women”
 Reddit – CEOs agree: Corporate tax cuts won't trickle down
 Twitter – Republicans unveil details of new tax plan
 Twitter – Senate tax bill covered in handwritten notes and people are complaining
 Twitter – Why the tax bill hinges on a debate about cuts and economic growth
 Twitter – Top GOP senators say they have the votes to pass the tax reform bill
 Congress.gov – H.R.1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
 Twitter – @christinawilkie
 Twitter Moments – Trump's tax bill praise is on the verge of meme-dom
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