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Week in politics: How voters will remember tax bill signing, both parties’ legislative priorities in 2018 and more




United States President Donald J. Trump signs the Tax Cut and Reform Bill in the Oval Office at The White House in Washington, DC on December 22, 2017.
United States President Donald J. Trump signs the Tax Cut and Reform Bill in the Oval Office at The White House in Washington, DC on December 22, 2017.
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In an impromptu news conference in the Oval Office on Friday, President Trump signed sweeping tax reform legislation in the biggest overhaul of the country’s tax code since the Reagan era.

The White House says that Americans should start seeing more money in their paychecks within the first few months of the new year. We’ll take a closer look at winners and losers, how the bill will impact Californians, and whether it will be helpful or harmful to Republicans in 2018 midterm elections.

Also last week, the Senate passed a stopgap spending measure to fund the government through the new year, up until January 19th in a hastily assembled vote that sat in the shadow of tax reform. Several issues like immigration, national security, and disaster relief funding weren’t addressed in the bill, however, and will no doubt be important items when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill after the new year.

We’ll also take a look ahead to 2018 in politics. What will the Trump administration’s priorities be in the new year? The White House’s legislative affairs director hinted this weekend that infrastructure might be on the horizon. As we head into an election year, how will the balance of the Senate potentially shift heading towards November?

Finally, if you’re in need of a heartwarming read to keep the holiday spirit alive, check out this article by Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald paying tribute to Arizona Senator John McCain.

With guest host Libby Denkmann. 

Guests:

Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist and founder and chief executive officer of Rodriguez Strategies. He is also a former senior Obama advisor in 2008; he tweets @RodStrategies

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush