Senators Marco Rubio and Bob Corker have made a stunningly quick reversal on the Trump tax cut bill, saying now that they support the law as written and will vote “yes.”
The Fake News media is even reporting – with lots of barely-hidden anguish – that the bill should now easily pass through the House and Senate next week.
“I realize this is a bet on our country’s enterprising spirit, and that is a bet I am willing to make,” Corker told the media on Friday.
More from The Washington Post:
Congressional Republicans secured enough support Friday afternoon to pass their massive tax plan into law after two critical holdouts, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), signaled they would vote for it.
Rubio emerged as a final challenge in a complicated political puzzle that the White House and GOP leaders have been assembling for the past two months. His decision to vote for the package came after a standoff with Republican leaders that led to a last-minute expansion of the Child Tax Credit.
Corker’s support was unexpected, as he had voted against the measure two weeks ago and none of his demands about deficit reduction had been met. But he said in a statement that he believed the bill was a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” that, combined with changes to immigration and trade policy, would help the economy.
The support of Corker and Rubio virtually ensures that Republicans now have the votes they need to pass the measure through the Senate next week.
It would push into law a $1.5 trillion tax package that would affect almost every American family and business, which was mostly written by Republicans behind closed doors and with little debate in a way that shielded it from many attacks and amendments from Democrats.
Republicans thought they had finished crafting the tax bill on Thursday, but Rubio threatened to block the measure if more changes weren’t made to expand access to the Child Tax Credit.
Rubio’s addition to the bill is essentially a giveaway to poor families with children, giving a $1000+ – per – child tax “refund” to couples who pay no income tax.
But strict conservative law-making is no longer an option in a divided Washington. Better to pass a tax cut for America, come hell or high water!