“At least 24 players kneeling this weekend at NFL stadiums that are now having a very hard time filling up,” he wrote. “The American public is fed up with the disrespect the NFL is paying to our Country, our Flag and our National Anthem. Weak and out of control!”

A committee vote could provide some drama


Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said he was not completely at ease the tax reform bill in its current form.

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The Senate Budget Committee is scheduled to meet at 2:30 p.m. for what is supposed to be a procedural step.

The panel is to approve the Senate’s tax rewrite, which will actually consist of two pieces of legislation melded together: the tax overhaul and a separate measure that would open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil and gas drilling.

But the vote could hold some suspense. Republicans have only a one-seat majority on the panel, so they cannot afford to lose any of their members. But two Republicans who have expressed concerns about the tax rewrite, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, happen to sit on the Budget Committee.

On Monday, both Mr. Corker and Mr. Johnson said they could oppose the bill in the Budget Committee if their concerns were not addressed.

The Senate Finance Committee, which passed the tax overhaul two weeks ago, also provided some fireworks when its chairman,…

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