Democratic Senator: Like Obamacare, GOP Tax Bill Will be ‘Hard to Sustain Politically’

News and Politics | 12/28/2017 | Nicholas Ballasy
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WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) described the Republican tax reform bill as similar to Obamacare because it was passed along partisan lines and will be “hard to sustain politically.”

No Democrats voted in favor of the tax reform bill that passed the Senate in a 51-48 vote before lawmakers left for the holiday break. Hours before the vote, Coons said Republicans should have worked with Democrats to reform the tax code for individuals and businesses. He was asked if he views the legislative process for tax reform the same as the Affordable Care Act in 2010, which no Republicans supported.

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Coons replied that the ACA was different because there were “dozens of hearings” and it was an “open process over many, many months,” but tax reform was not.

“The final text of the tax bill was never shown to the Democrats on the conference committee until after it was released. The draft of the bill in the Senate wasn’t even shared with most Republican senators before it was marked up. It was a very rushed process for this tax bill. One way it’s the same is the ACA ended up being passed through reconciliation with a bare 50-vote majority from one party. In the end, that has shown that the ACA was hard to sustain politically because it wasn’t a bipartisan bill,” Coons said during an interview with...
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