SPRINGFIELD, Mo — Republicans believe they now have the number of votes needed to pass a $1.5 trillion dollar tax bill, and they’re motivated to get it on President Trump’s desk by Christmas.
It wasn’t until yesterday that Republicans Marco Rubio and Bob Corker pledged their allegiance to the tax cuts.
Meanwhile, Democrats like Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill are crying out, saying that they weren’t even in the room while the bill was being drafted.
Trump touted outside the White House today to reporters, saying “this is going to be one of the great Christmas gifts for middle-income people.”
Republicans in Congress could deliver President Trumps 1st major milestone as early as Tuesday.
Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt says the 1,000-page tax bill gives money to the middle class.
“Whatever your check is next year in January, in virtually every case, is going to be bigger than it was in December,” said Blunt on a visit to Springfield Friday afternoon.
A family making $73,000 a year would see a $2,000 annual tax cut according to the GOP. The bill also lowers the tax rate for corporations from 35 percent down to 21.
“The way to increase government income is not to raise taxes, but, to create more taxpayers who have better checks to start with. I think that is what this does.”
Trump says, “we think $4 trillion dollars will come flowing back into the country. That is money that is overseas that has been stuck there for years and years.”
Not a single Democrat supports the bill.
“It is really unfair how tilted it is towards the really wealthy people in this country,” said Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
She claims that negotiations on the legislation were strictly for members on the right.
“No Democrats allowed. We have no idea what they are doing,” she tweeted on Wednesday.
“It’s a terrible bargain for most Missourians, and I think they will figure that out on their own as time goes on,” said McCaskill.
Blunt stands by the bill because “too many families for too long now, haven’t had any sense that things will get better for them because things haven’t gotten better for them.”
Trump claims that this bill will send our economy into a season of growth by as much as 4-6 percent each year.
A preliminary analysis of the bill disagrees, saying that it could add $1.4 trillion in debt within the next 10 years.