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Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) cheered Thursday’s passage of a $1.5 trillion tax cut, but he was feeling as much trepidation as elation knowing his party’s number-one domestic policy goal is now in the hands of the fickle Senate.
Byrne was blunt in the statement he released after the 227-205 vote.
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"I truly hope the Senate does not let us down yet again," he stated. "They should pass a tax reform bill, and let's get the job done."
Byrne's concern is understandable. The House in May passed a bill to repeal Obamacare only to see the Senate fumble it away. The upper chamber has not even acted on hundreds of other bills sent up by the House.
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In addition, there are already signs of discontent within the GOP's narrow Senate majority. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) says he will not vote for the bill unless it offers more relief to small-business owners who do not file returns under the corporate tax. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has expressed concerns over a proposal to repeal the Obamacare tax penalty on people who do not buy insurance.
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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is complaining about the process, as he did during the Obamacare debate. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and others have serious reservations about adding to the deficit. And if those were not enough obstacles, sexual abuse allegations against Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore suddenly have jeopardized the GOP's hold on that seat.
Amid those worries, however, America's leading anti-tax activist remains as serene as ever.
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Holding out on an important piece of legislation supported by almost every other Republican offers a quick trip to a national TV news show.
"There's going to be a parade of people expressing concern and some saying they'll vote against it," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax...
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