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GOP seeks out tax-cut offsets as Rubio balks

Bill too deficit-laden; senator demands bigger child credit

By COMPILED BY DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE STAFF WIRE REPORTS

This article was published December 15, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, listens as Republican Senator Thad Cochran responds to a reporter's question at a Cochran for Senate rally at t...

WASHINGTON -- A day after House and Senate Republican leaders said they had reached agreement on a merged version of their tax bill, they continued looking for ways to pay for the tax overhaul and faced a Republican senator's threats to oppose it.

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, listens as Republican Senator Thad Cochran responds to a reporter's question at a Cochran for Senate rally at t...

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RBear says... December 15, 2017 at 5:01 a.m.

Republicans have rushed this bill to the point that trying to thread the needle of cuts and budget constraints may have set themselves up for failure. As they continued to cut and restore previously removed deductions, they are now challenged with hitting the $1.5 trillion cap on the debt. Rubio's concerns may be the first we hear of as the details are revealed about the bill.
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Nonetheless, this bill will be the perfect talking points for Democrats come the mid-terms when voters get to see how much damage it will do to them over the coming decade, especially millennials. When Americans see that this will do nothing to increase job prospects, that will sour them even more regarding Trump and the Republican Party.
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My favorite quote from Trump yesterday after the Disney acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox was that the merger would create jobs. No it won't, you idiot. Trump is downright stupid when it comes to governing, to the point I'm amazed he can even make it through a cabinet meeting. My bet is that there's some staffer on the side of the room giving him cues of things to say to at least come across sounding somewhat intelligent.

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23cal says... December 15, 2017 at 6:13 a.m.

"The tax package is polling badly among the public, but Republicans say that will turn around after Americans see the benefits.

"The results are going to be what sells this bill, not the confusion before it passes," said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis."
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Do you mean they " have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy"?
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For you foaming at the mouth right wingers who didn't recognize the above quote, it's Nancy Pelosi. I wouldn't be surprised that you didn't recognize it, because when you bluster you always leave out the "away from the fog of the controversy" part your team is pushing right now.
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Man, if this doesn't break your irony meter, nothing will.

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WGT says... December 15, 2017 at 7:06 a.m.

I hope y’all are sitting down when I say this- Rubio is right.
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In reference to RBear- the needle and thread are there, they don’t have the thread through the eye of the needle. They are working “seamlessly”.
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I wish the two senators who are not feeling well get well soon.
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America will survive this rape of society.

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TimberTopper says... December 15, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.

Maybe as they make changes to bring one Senator on board, by their action they will cause another Senator to decide not to vote for passage.

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DoubleBlind says... December 15, 2017 at 8:43 a.m.

I’m going to roll the dice and say this lipstick-less pig of a bill doesn’t pass. Corker and Flake are no’s. Rubio is a no if he doesn’t get what he wants and Collins is leaning no. And if McCain can pull out one more Hail Mary, it’s definitely DOA. Wouldn’t that chap Trump something fierce?!

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RBear says... December 15, 2017 at 9:15 a.m.

TT, that’s the scenario I think is happening. It’s like a massive Jenga game where one move impacts the stability of the bill in other areas. Quite frankly, I don’t think they have the brain trust to make this happen and they sure aren’t getting any leadership from Cheeto Head.

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