Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is admitting that there is “a lot of good” in the Trump Tax Law (gee, it feels great to be able to call it a law!) but that part of the reason he voted “no” is because the tax cuts are scheduled to end in 2025.
Except the only reason the tax cuts aren’t permanent is because Republicans knew that the opposition party would never vote for them.
Senators used “reconciliation” to pass the bill with 51 votes. To make cuts permanent, they would have needed at least a few Democrats coming along.
Fat chance! More from Washington Examiner:
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Wednesday struggled to explain his opposition to the Republican tax overhaul, conceding in a local radio interview that it contains “some good things” that could benefit his state.
The $1.5 trillion package that cleared Congress along party lines on Wednesday is broadly unpopular, according to the polls, and could still cause headaches for Republicans in 2019. But Manchin is running for re-election in a red state where President Trump won overwhelmingly and remains popular, making the Democrat’s opposition to the bill problematic.
“There’s some good in this bill. I acknowledge that,” Manchin said, when West Virginia radio talk show host Hoppy Kercheval asked the senator why he opposed legislation that will benefit the “vast majority” of taxpayers and businesses in the state.
“The things that you mention are correct. Initially people will benefit and see some changes in their taxes,” Manchin admitted.
Manchin blamed his opposition on projections from some analysts that the tax overhaul would increase the national debt, and that cuts directed at individuals and married couples is temporary and sunset in 2025 without further action from Congress, versus the corporate cuts, which are permanent.
So there you have it…like with the Mueller investigation, Democrats are trying to incriminate the GOP for finding ways to work around a roadblock that the Dems imposed on everyone in the first place.