Republicans claim budget victory as Capitol Hill preps to tackle tax reform
WASHINGTON - The passage of the budget resolution on Capitol Hill is being hailed as a victory for Republicans. It happened in a week that saw Senators launching criticisms at the President in their own party….
Earlier in the week, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) told CNN: “The president has great difficulty with the truth.”
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced he would not be seeking re-election in a speech in which he denounced President Trump’s “reckless undignified behavior.”
But some view the cleared path for tax reform as a sign of more change on Capitol Hill.
“We have actually great unity in the Republican party,” President Trump said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has moved from chastising some of the president’s policies to championing them.
“President trump is going to cut our taxes revive our economy get heath care out of Washington. I’m all in for this guy’s agenda,” he said in a recent interview with Sinclair Broadcast Group.
GOP lawmakers in the House seem optimistic a huge legislative mission will be accomplished.
“I’m excited about the prospects and opportunities around tax reform,” said Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX).
A close win in Washington is still a win, but the budget resolution passed by just four votes, with 20 Republicans and all Democrats voting against it.
“Thus far everything we’ve seen is a partisan effort that’ll give 80% of benefits for the top 1% of earners,” said Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) in an interview Wednesday.
“The focus of a tax reform bill should be reforming the tax code to make it fairer. That is not what this proposal does. It does the opposite,” said Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.)
As far as Republicans are concerned, they are in the majority and most just hope they can stand united long enough to get taxes off the table.
“If we fail at tax cuts after failing on healthcare if I were a republican I would hate our guts. I wouldn’t write us a check and we deserve to lose,” Sen. Graham (R-SC) said.