Senator Bob Corker has announced that he will not be voting “yes” on a tax cut for Americans.
Corker did vote for the bill to clear a joint committee, but backed out today over his absolute, irrational hatred of President Trump.
Er, we mean, backed out over his concern that taxes couldn’t be “triggered” to raise again at a later date. Can’t imagine Corker’s Trump Derangement Syndrome has nothing to do with it, though!
Ted Cruz was also instrumental in blocking Corker’s demands for the bill.
More from The Hill:
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said on Friday that he will oppose the GOP tax plan, making him the only GOP senator currently expected to vote no.
Corker has long said he could vote against the bill if it hiked the deficit, and he reconfirmed to those concerns in his statement.
“This is yet another tough vote. I am disappointed. I wanted to get to yes. But at the end of the day, I am not able to cast aside my fiscal concerns and vote for legislation that I believe, based on the information I currently have, could deepen the debt burden on future generations,” Corker said in a statement.
Corker’s decision won’t impact the fate of the Senate Republican legislation. Leadership secured 50 “yes” votes earlier Friday, and GOP Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who had been the only other holdout, said she would support the bill.
He also left the door open to ultimately supporting the final compromise between House and Senate negotiators.
“As I shared with President Trump when I called him a short time ago, I will take a close look at the product developed in conference before making a decision on the final legislation,” he said.
Corker, who is retiring after 2018, told reporters earlier this week that he had an agreement “in principle” with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)
Senators say the automatic “trigger” didn’t pass muster with the Byrd rules, which govern what can be included under the process Republicans are using to pass their legislation with a simple majority.
Instead, leadership offered to include automatic tax increases in the legislation. But that proposal got swift and immediate backlash from other Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
“It would have been counterproductive to the central objective of this legislation, which is bringing back jobs and economic growth,” said Cruz. “And after extended discussion with a number of senators a consensus emerged that we shouldn’t be raising taxes.”
Sorry, Bob, the only “trigger” is gonna be millions of triggered Democrats when the bill passes!