The House members are sure sounding like they are prepared to scuttle tax reform now because they are refusing to back the deals that McConnell made in order to get the Senate version of the tax reform bill passed through his chamber.
McConnell had apparently promised Jeff Flake to back a DACA amnesty (which has devolved into, according to the downplays from Flake on Monday, a “seat at the table” for any conversation that involves a Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty).
McConnell also promised Susan Collins that he would make an effort to pass a bailout of the insurance companies should the tax bill pass with the individual mandate repeal.
A House Republican from North Carolina, Mark Walter, stated that he finds it “problematic to be promising something that the House has shunned from very early on.” Translation from politically correct speech: “JUST WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE MCCONNELL? YOU CAN’T PROMISE THINGS THAT REQUIRES US TO PASS THEM.”
Was Mitch McConnell was making promises to Senate members that he could not cash in? If so, why was he making promises that have no support in the House of Representatives nor with the Republican base?
The House members stated quite plainly that they have felt no need to support the Republican Senate’s wheeling and dealing to get their caucus to a yes on an issue as simple as lowering taxes and reforming the tax. They believed that this was an issue that there should be no question of supporting if you want to call yourself a Republican.
Of course, the struggling with this issue and every other conservative issue in the Senate is quite clear once you take a step back and view the Senate from a better vantage point. The reason why the Senate GOP had so much trouble with the bill is because the Senate GOP is not conservative, nor are they even traditional Republicans. It is full of self absorbed, self important busybodies or worse, social justice warrior appeasers.
These Senators don’t believe in lower taxes, less government or even cuts to the rates of increase in government, stopping voter fraud, or America First principles like controlling immigration, honoring American heritage or culture, etc. They are so used to caving to the Democrats that they have in essence become them.
The Trump White House and the House of Representatives are having legislation that is being held hostage by a Senate more interested in liberal pet issues than they are at ensuring the passage of legislation that adheres to their principles that they crowed so loudly about when they were fighting Trump in the Republican primary.
This is how you get Bob Corker voting against a tax reform bill because he’s worried about the government giving people back too much of their own money. That is not a Republican, that is a Democrat. You see, once a Republican Senator announces retirement, there is no need for the conservative veneer any longer. Jeff Flake needed a bribe to vote for the bill, and Susan Collins, one of several abortion mill supporting Republicans, demanded that Mitch McConnell pass the massive insurance company cash bailout bill from Patty Murray (D-WA) and Lamar Alexander (
People hate on Paul Ryan, and I’ve been one of them frequently, but at least the man can get bills through his chamber and it isn’t holding up the reforms of the government. The Senate under Mitch McConnell has been an absolute disaster. It has taken nearly a year to get some meaningful major agenda items passed through the chamber.
Dave Brat of Virginia has good point, in order to pass something through the Senate, a large amount of horse trading had to be done for something as simple as lower taxes:
“I think this is exactly what the American people are sick of: learning about trading votes to modify the healthcare system and one fifth of the economy in exchange for a tax vote,” Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), a member of the hardline House Freedom Caucus, told The Daily Beast. “So it seems like it would be wiser for Republicans to actually follow what is in the Republican platform and not what is in the Democratic platform.”
Now Dave, that is not going to happen because nearly the entire GOP caucus in the Senate supports the Democrat march to the sea agenda, which necessarily requires them to agree to support the collateral damage they do to anyone in their path. If they followed the Republican platform, they would have supported the 2015 Obamacare repeal legislation they all passed when they knew Barack Obama was going to veto it.
This was most clearly illustrated in the recent Democrat hit job against Republican Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore. Only a few Senators kept quiet about the trumped up accusations against Judge Moore, the rest rushed to the microphones either denouncing him and demanding him to pull out of the contest or saying he must prove his innocence to the court of the social justice movement.
If the House of Representatives makes any modification to that bill in a conference committee without also keeping the promises Mitch McConnell made to these Senators, the bill will be dead thanks to these liberal senators.
Obviously, if that is going to be the case, the best course of action here is to pass the tax reform bill “as is.” After passing the bill, the House of Representatives should then tell the Senate to get bent. Let Mitch McConnell take ownership of his caucus of spoiled brat adult children.