Republican Tax Bill Passes

Updated Wed., Dec. 20, 3:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the Republican tax bill before Christmas after Congress passed the bill with a nearly party line vote on Wednesday.

The tax bill passed the House for the second time on Wednesday with a vote of 224 for and 201 against, with 11 republicans siding with democrats and voting no.

The Senate changed and voted on the bill again early Wednesday morning, after passing it Tuesday. It passed Wednesday with another party line vote: 51 republicans in favor of the tax bill and 46 democrats and two independents voting against.

Senator John McCaine (R-AZ) was not present for the Wednesday morning vote since he is in Arizona receiving medical care.

 

The House of Representatives passed the tax bill on Tuesday, despite a handful of republicans and all the House’s democrats voting against it. The bill was stalled for a day and sent back to the Senate after Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) found part of the bill violated Senate rules.

The bill is expected to move forward despite push back from democrats and the hundreds of protestors who interrupted votes on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tune in to Central Oregon Daily at 6 p.m. to hear the latest on the bill and how it could affect residents of Central Oregon. 

Real Estate Comparison: North Dakota

We all know home prices in Bend continue to rise and for the average household income it’s near impossible to afford the median price of homes in Bend. Each week Jack Church searches to see what the average income can purchase in Bend while also comparing this to cities of similar size in other states around the country. This week our comparison city is Bismarck, North Dakota

The capitol of North Dakota has a population of 72,417 and boast an interesting capital building, a cute downtown and a huge heritage center – which is a nice place to escape from North Dakota’s chilly winters.

Jack takes a look at a 3-bedroom fixer-upper for $189,900.

OSU-Cascades Hosts First Time Event on Innovative Businesses

The first-ever Innovation Day was held Tuesday at OSU-Cascades, and it’s an event that organizers hope will become a permanent fixture in Bend, a city that is becoming known as an “Innovation Incubator.”

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan caught up with organizers and participants of the event, including Bend Chamber and U.S. Bank.