The Senate GOP is now united in support of the party’s tax plan. Senators Rubio (R-FL) and Scott (R-SC) announced their support after securing an increase in child tax credit refundability, which they have been pushing for throughout the bill’s finalization process. This was followed by a surprise announcement from Senator Corker – the sole Republican senator to vote against the previous bill — that he would support the final product, even though it still contains the deficit effects that he opposes. If no senators change their minds between now and the day of the vote, GOP leadership can pass
Next go-round, try limiting the child tax credit to not exceed taxes actually paid in.
Giving away free money through this program is disgusting - loads of the lower 30% - 40% that (on paper) don´t make enough money to pay their fair share of taxes, get money back. Exactly how does that work? It´s another give-away of money stolen from the rest of us at gunpoint. And it needs to stop!
Every time I see a win for the people I remind myself how the corrupt government is fighting to stop any all of this. Tax cuts, jobs, growth, higher wages, safe communities, boarder control, less regs, more freedom and the list will go on.
The government is the biggest enemy of the people.
Agree #6. And I dont trust those progressive republicans anymore than I trust their friends across the aisle. Especially with that anti-american skunk McConnell leading them. Like #2 said, I´ll believe it when I see it.
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