Democrats and moderates love standing in Trump’s way – and he loves knocking them down like bowling pins.
One of Donald Trump’s biggest promises was to cut taxes. As the pro-jobs President, he vowed to restore our economy. To do that, he wanted to lessen the tax burden every American feels.
But tax reform does not come easy. Congress has to craft a good bill. Harder still is that it needs support from Congressmen. While republicans enjoy a majority in the House and Senate, not every member agrees with the vision of the President.
Most republican senators need to support the bill, if it’s going to be passed. Word has just come out that a major senator has agreed to sign it. This is big.
Sen. John McCain will back the Senate tax bill, increasing the plan’s chances of clearing the Senate by Friday.
The Arizona Republican was one of the last GOP senators who had not committed to supporting the proposal.
“After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to support the Senate tax reform bill,” McCain said in a statement. “I believe this legislation, though far from perfect, would enhance American competitiveness, boost the economy, and provide long overdue tax relief for middle class families.”
McCain’s stance, as well as an expected “yes” vote from Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, all but erases potential GOP opposition to the plan. Republican leaders are currently tweaking the bill to appease other skeptical senators, including Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., James Lankford, R-Okla., Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Steve Daines, R-Mont.
Republicans can lose two votes and still pass the tax plan under special budget rules if all Democrats and independents oppose it. Vice President Mike Pence can cast a tiebreaking vote for a simple majority.
You might remember how McCain sank the Obamacare repeal earlier this year. He was a vocal critic of the program, yet he still voted to keep it. So many were worried he would again vote against his party’s agenda.
This announcement is a major step in securing the tax reform bill. Democrats will most surely oppose it completely. That means most, if not all, republican must vote yes. McCain, often considering a NeverTrump, is supporting it. The rest of the party will most likely follow suit.
Should there be a tie, then the Vice President gets to vote. And you know he will support Trump.
It looks like this bill is shaping up to pass. That’s a great thing.