Getting Republicans to agree on anything these days is like herding cats. They’re so close to passing tax reform but now Marco Rubio is threatening to derail the whole thing.
The Washington Post reports:
Rubio to vote against GOP tax bill unless tax credit for working poor is expanded
Sen. Marco Rubio informed Senate leaders Thursday he intends to vote against Republicans’ $1.5 trillion tax plan unless it includes a larger expansion of a child tax credit.
“I understand that this is a process of give and take, especially when there’s only a couple of us fighting for it, the leverage is lessened,” Rubio (R-Fla.) said Thursday in the Senate. “But given all the other changes made in the tax code leading into it, I can’t in good conscience support it unless we are able to increase [the child tax credit], and there’s ways to do it and we’ll be very reasonable about it.”
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rubio’s partner in pushing for the expanded child tax credit, is undecided on whether to support the Republicans’ final tax bill, according to a Lee spokesman.
Republicans control 52 of the Senate’s 100 seats, and they need 50 to pass their bill, with Vice President Pence potentially breaking a tie. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) voted no on the Senate version and is expected to vote against the final bill. No Democrats are backing the measure, meaning that if two or more Republicans join the opposition to the tax package, the party will lack the votes it needs to move it through the Senate.
If they don’t get tax reform done, it’s going to be a big problem. The American people are expecting results.