Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) marched to the Senate floor on Thursday, determined more than ever to persuade Republicans to listen to him. This time it was about the tax bill that Republicans are working hard at passing by year’s end.
Schumer predicted in his speech that Republicans will face “political doom” and would be “political suicide” if they follow through with passing the bill as it’s currently structured, because of the expected elimination of state and local tax deductions. He used results of Tuesday’s elections as backing for his claim, where Democrats won an overwhelming amount of contests.
Schumer gave the following warning to Republicans, which can also be seen in the video below:
“I say to every one of my Republican colleagues in the House who come from a suburban district: This bill could be your political doom…This should be a three-alarm fire for every House Republican in California, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington, Illinois, Colorado. …
You’ll pay a price. House Republicans should kill the bill now if they want to have any hope of stopping the full repeal of state and local deduction. Voting to repeal the state and local deduction … would be political suicide, all to bow down to special wealthy interests, special big interests of large corporations.”
According to The Hill:
House Republicans unveiled their own tax bill earlier this month and are marking it up in the House Ways and Means Committee this week. In response to pushback from New Jersey and New York Republicans, they eliminated the deductions for state and local income and sales taxes, but allowed up to $10,000 in deductions of state and local property taxes.
Though Republicans face a narrow path to getting a tax plan through the Senate, they don’t need Democratic votes if they can get the support of 50 of their 52 GOP senators, which would let Vice President Pence break a tie.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) responded and, in turn, pushed Democrats to work with them on the bill instead of badmouthing it. Per The Hill, McConnell said “The process isn’t behind closed doors. It’s out in the open for everyone to see, for everyone to take part.”
McConnell has a point. Almost every time there has been legislation about to get passed, Democrats have done very little to help form a bipartisan bill. Perhaps Chuck Schumer should push his colleagues to work together instead of resist efforts.