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Democrats Seek to Force Awkward Name Change for GOP's Tax Bill

Democrats are seeking a symbolic victory that would force Republicans to strike the GOP’s preferred title for its bill -- The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act -- according to Senator Bernie Sanders’s office.

A provision in the bill that changed its name was found to violate a budget rule that Senate GOP leaders are using to fast-track the tax bill, said Sanders spokesman Josh Miller-Lewis. Sanders, a Vermont independent, is the Democrats’ ranking member on the Budget Committee.

“It has no budgetary impact,” Miller-Lewis said of the bill’s titling provision.

Under Senate rules, Democrats are allowed to challenge measures if they don’t relate to federal revenue or spending -- and Sanders said Tuesday that the Senate’s parliamentarian had already ruled in their favor. As a result, the Senate’s vote on the bill, which is scheduled later Tuesday, will send it back to the House for a final vote Wednesday.

That would mean Republicans would likely have to get rid of the short title and settle for the measure’s fuller title: “An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.”

That’s tough to fit on a bumper sticker.

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