The bill - minus the boundary expansion plans for the Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee - includes tax relief for those dealing with hurricane damage in Florida, Georgia, Hawaii and North Carolina, wildfires in California; it also delays major tax provisions on the Obama health law, includes IRS reforms, provisions on retirement and family savings, and other technical corrections to the big GOP tax law approved at the end of 2017.
The Republicans plan targets four different taxes from the Obama health law, repealing the tax on indoor tanning services, extending the moratorium on the medical device tax, further delaying the tax on high cost health insurance plans, and continuing the suspension of fees on health insurance providers.
All of that was too much for Democrats to support, as they get ready to take charge in the House of Representatives on January 3, 2019.
"The game is almost over," declared Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), who will replace Brady as the chief tax writer in the House in January, as he denounced the GOP tax plan as one written behind closed doors at the last minute to benefit Republican interests.
"It's time to move on," Neal told the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.
Even with House approval of this GOP tax bill, the plan has no chance of being approved by the Senate before the end of the 115th Congress, making the exercise into more of a political messaging statement before lawmakers wrap up work for the year.