With Republicans charging through with their controversial tax reform bill today, all attention is on the senate. However, the remarks made by Senator John McCain today, are not going to offer the GOP ranks much hope.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already revealed that the senate has litte interest in the House bill. Choosing instead to chip away at their own set of bonus to the corporations and ultra wealthy Americans, and will use the reconciliation process to ensure that the two bills will succeed down the road.
This is a strategy that hangs on the GOP’s willingness to allow their infamous tax reform package into the senate, which most experts believe constitutes a drastic tax increase for millions of working-class Americans and will stack on trillions of dollars to American debt.
If recent history has taught us anything it’s that successfully pushing important legislation is slim for this congress. We are 10 months into the congressional term, and Republicans have still not passed any significant legislation into law, despite commanding a majority in both houses of congress, and control of the White House.
And earlier this week, Senator Ron Johnson revealed himself to be the first Republican senator to publicly denounce his own party’s bill. “If they can pass it without me, let them,”Johnson said while speaking with the Wall Street Journal, adding, “I’m not going to vote for this tax package.”
With Senator John McCain now coming forth to express his own dissatisfaction with the senate bill, as well. McCain in fact took it a step even further, issuing a threat to his own party that he might vote against it.
“I just picked up the newspaper today and they’ve made a huge change. Every day there seems to be – no, it’s not [regular order],” according to a report by Axios. Asked later if he thought the tax bill could get back on track, he added, “I have no idea, but I’m insisting on regular order.”