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The eight RINO’s that could decide the fate of Senate tax bill

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President Trump is expected to meet Tuesday with Senate Republicans in a crucial meeting on his tax overhaul plan. The bill is critical to keep the economy rolling and end Trump’s first year in office with a legislative victory.

 

Democrat opposition is expected as their sole purpose right now is to be obstructionist. Expect the ads and comments from Democrats to be along the lines of “these are tax cuts for the rich, their standard line when opposing tax cuts.

 

Republicans in a perfect world would support their President as Democrats did on any piece of trash bill Obama wanted for 8 years. But with John McCain, Jeff Flake and liddle Bob Corker in the Senate they of course cannot be counted on.

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“It’s not going to be easy,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah said Monday. “This is going to be a tough, tough time.” Senator Hatch has been in the Senate too long and is probably a swamp creature but is expected to support the bill.

 

The 8 Senators who could decide the fate of the bill (which give them about the only power they will ever have) are Bob Corker, Jeff Flake, James Lankford, Rob Johnson, Susan Collins, John McCain, Jerry Moran & Steve Daines.

 

John McCain (AZ) and Susan Collins being on the bubble are expected calling them Senate Republicans is a stretch.  Collins is from liberal Maine and is basically a Democrat. She initially supported the bill then opposed when killing the Obamacare mandate was added. McCain is just an old bitter sore loser obstructionist who needs to go away.

 

Senators Flake and Corker are part of the swamp and have been revealed as such, both are retiring so they probably see this as their shining moment to obstruct Trump. Corker is still probably hurting from Trump calling him out as a midget.

 

Lanford wants some sort of trigger to raise revenue in case we don’t see the expected growth.  “Every economist is guessing,” Lankford said on Monday. “We should build in the ‘what if’ — what if this doesn’t work?’ If the revenue is not coming in, should the rates change?”

Johnson (WI) and Daines (MT) are concerned The legislation gives an advantage to large corporations at the expense of “pass-through” businesses.

 

The Wisconsin senator is also a member of the Budget Committee, and he too wants his concern addressed by the time it meets. “I’m not exactly sure what’s going to happen in committee, and we’re working diligently to fix the problem,” he told reporters Monday. “If we develop a fix prior to committee, I’ll probably support it but if we don’t, I’ll vote against it.”

 

Jerry Moran (Kan) is sensitive about the impacts of the bill in the wake of his state’s failed tax-cut experiment that lawmakers there ended this year to escape a fiscal crisis.

“I’m also cognizant of what people saw happen in Kansas,” Moran told constituents over Thanksgiving weekend, as quoted by the Topeka Capital-Journal. “The issue of tax cuts would be easier if you actually had faith that Congress would hold the line on spending. It’s two components. It’s how much revenue you take in and how much money you continue to spend.”

The Senate Republicans differ in many ways from their Democrat counterparts. The one thing they need to finally get through their heads is that Trump is President. Their job is to support their President. John McCain, Susan Collins, Jeff Flake and Bob Corker cannot go away soon enough.

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