They have no intention of giving Donald Trump a clear victory even if said victory would be of great benefit to the American Middle Class. Instead, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow GOP Senators Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, among others, are creating further dissention in the hopes of stalling or even halting the proposed tax cuts legislation altogether.
McConnell is presently calling the process “challenging” while Corker and Flake are claiming to have concerns over the tax cuts worsening the deficit. That claim is especially astounding from Senator Corker given he was only too happy to allow former POTUS Barack Obama to spend the nation into deficit oblivion. Now with Donald Trump in the White House Mr. Corker has suddenly become an increasingly outspoken deficit hawk. Both Corker and Flake, who are unpopular with voters in their respective homes states of Tennessee and Arizona, have openly shared with the Establishment Media their dislike of President Trump.
Over the weekend the Trump White House sent surrogates to speak directly to operatives in McConnell’s office to try and ensure passage of the proposed tax cut legislation before the holiday recess. Those surrogates are said to have returned from that meeting grim-faced. McConnell is said to be seriously considering letting the entirety of the legislative attempt go down much like what he did with the attempt to repeal Obamacare earlier this year.
One ally among the GOP leadership who appears willing to work directly with the Trump White House is South Dakota Senator John Thune. He has his work cut out for him though as a handful of other senators like Maine’s Susan Collins and Jerry Moran of Kansas who have indicated they want to see the Obamacare mandate protected and not made part of the tax reform legislation as it is currently written. (Yes, you read that right. Republicans are now openly advocating FOR Obamacare in order to spite Trump.)
This week will prove critical to the tax cuts/reform legislation. If a deal is not at least tentatively struck by Friday, the chances of anything happening in 2017 become increasingly unlikely as the do-nothing Republican Congress continues to try and stop the America-First Trump agenda.