On Monday, a second senator, Steve Daines (R-Mont.), joined the opposition to the Republican tax bill. That means only one more Senator is needed to oppose the bill in order for it to not pass.
“Sen. Daines has concerns with how the tax bill looks at main street versus large corporations,” said one of Daine’s aides. “The Senator wants changes to the tax cut bill that ensure main street businesses are not put at a competitive disadvantage against large corporations.”
Daine’s aide also added that while the senator is a no on the current measure, he “remains optimistic and is continuing to work with colleagues.”
The first GOP senator to oppose the bill is Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). Both the opposing senators say they want stronger measures to protect “pass-through” businesses. These types of businesses tend to include many small businesses. Under the current version of the bill, pass-through businesses would pay a higher tax rate than corporations.
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Also on Monday, Trump recognized the problem these senators have with the bill and said that there could be changes to the bill to make it work better.
Unfortunately, none of the GOP senators seem to recognize CBO reports that the bill will hurt those making less than $75,000/year and will take about four million people off insurance.
As of now, Daines and Johnson are the only GOP senators who are openly a no vote on the current bill. Other senators have expressed their apprehension due to the bill raising the deficit and repealing the Obamacare individual mandate.
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