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House sends GOP tax bill to Trump’s desk

The House of Representatives gave final approval Wednesday afternoon to its major rewrite of the US tax code, the first major legislative accomplishment for congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump this year.

Republican lawmakers joined Trump on the White House lawn Wednesday afternoon to celebrate their largest legislative achievement of 2017, in a public ceremony lauding the GOP’s first major legislative victory of the year.

President Trump tweeted:

“It’s always a lot of fun when you win,” Trump said at the ceremony, after thanking congressional leaders including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The bill passed the House a second time 224-201, with no Democrats backing it and a dozen House GOP members voting no. The measure now heads to the Trump’s desk for his signature.

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In a vote in the early Wednesday morning hours, the Senate approved the final version of the first overhaul of the US tax code in more than 30 years. The bill passed along party lines, 51-48, with the final result announced by Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the vote. The House passed the bill earlier Tuesday, but technical changes were made to it in the Senate.