Starting at 3:00 PM EST, President Donald Trump will discuss the future of the Republican’s push for tax reform.
With the results of the special Senate election in Alabama not going well for Trump, he is presumably now looking for the Republican tax bill to score him some political points. While the legislation appears to be in safe waters for now, future bills — such as infrastructure proposals, health care reform, and entitlement reduction — will prove extremely difficult to pass with only a one-vote majority, which includes the several GOP senators known for opposing Trump.
These remarks come the day after one of the president’s most embarrassing political defeats of his career as GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore — who Trump backed heavily — was defeated by Democrat Doug Jones in the deep-red state of Alabama. Amazingly, Trump won the state by 28 points in the 2016 presidential election, but — with allegations of child molestation and other problematic characteristics — the ultra-conservative Moore was unable to even break the 50 percent mark, much less pull-out a win.
The loss is note-worthy in the discussion of tax reform, as that one flipped vote could mean the difference of the bill passing or failing. However, due to the timing, it is likely that the GOP’s tax bill still passes as the Senate aims to hold a vote on Monday and the House looks to do the same on Tuesday.
The president made note of this thin room for error in legislation, tweeting today, “If last night’s election proved anything, it proved that we need to put up GREAT Republican candidates to increase the razor thin margins in both the House and Senate.”
If last night’s election proved anything, it proved that we need to put up GREAT Republican candidates to increase the razor thin margins in both the House and Senate.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017
Watch above at 3:00 p.m. via YouTube.
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