Taxes

House Republicans Don’t Care About McConnell’s Promises

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

A handful of Republican senators ultimately voted to pass the Senate tax bill because they received assurances, promises and handshakes from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the White House, but House Republicans have no intention of honoring those promises.

I'm sure we all knew this was coming, but House Republicans are making it clear that they don't care what deals McConnell brokered at the last minute.

“We still have the same issues. Nothing has changed in the last two months just because we’re fulfilling our promise on delivering on tax reform,” Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, told The Daily Beast. “I find it problematic to be promising something that the House has shunned from very early on.” [...]

“I think this is exactly what the American people are sick of: learning about trading votes to modify the healthcare system and one fifth of the economy in exchange for a tax vote,” Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), a member of the hardline House Freedom Caucus, told The Daily Beast. “So it seems like it would be wiser for Republicans to actually follow what is in the Republican platform and not what is in the Democratic platform.”

Senator Susan Collins was promised a vote on the Alexander-Murray bill for stabilizing health insurance markets, but that's not going to happen.

Senator Jeff Flake was promised a vote to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program into law, but that's probably not going to happen either although it is more likely than passing Alexander-Murray.

These senators had to know there was virtually no chance these promises would be met. If they truly believed they would receive what they asked for, they're dumber than I would have guessed.

  • muselet

    Of course Susan Collins and Jeff Flake and every other senator who extracted a blood-oath promise from Mitch McConnell knew there was less than a snowball’s chance that those promises would be kept. They were after political cover, so they could go back to their states and make frowny faces and tell people they tried, but The Congress wouldn’t do the right thing and support the obvious solution to a serious national problem.

    In other words, Collins, Flake and the rest are as full of shit as a goose.

    –alopecia

    • Totally agree, it was all CYA intended for the rubes in their home states.

    • Christopher Foxx

      The hypocrisy is even worse. Flake isn’t running aging. He has no need for political cover. Yet, he still voted for the bill.

  • Aynwrong

    Republicans in the Senate, adults, were promised by Mitch McConnell that he would personally deliver votes for their particular needs and they believed him. Let me restate that.

    They. Believed. Mitch. McConnell.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/dmB5vD2t2gR8Y/giphy.gif

  • Username1016

    So… the Senate has to vote again on the combined bill, don’t they? And that handful of senators who are getting stiffed could shit-can the whole thing?

    • ninjaf

      Either they have to vote on it again or the corporate tax rate will be 20% across the board because of their last minute shenanigans.

      No wonder conservatives think government is incompetent. They set a shining example of incompetence.

  • Badgerite

    “What the American the people are sick of..?” Seriously. This bill has a whopping %25 approval rating. Lower than trump’s. If you ask people whether they want a $25 billion cut to Medicare this year alone and subsequent cuts every year after, their answer would be an unequivocal NOOOOO. What they hell does the GOP care what “the American people” want? Everything they have done has been in violation of all the promises trump made during the campaign to not cut Medicare or Medicaid or Social Security. At least the public promises he made to the people.
    What he promised in the back rooms of power would be another matter, wouldn’t it?
    Ryan only supported him because he would sign whatever crap Ryan could get to his desk and the fact that it gutted those social programs that are the most popular with the public, which is the Ryan agenda, would not bother trump in the least.
    He doesn’t really care about anyone but himself. The creation that network TV sold the public is a fiction.
    He is a slug. An incompetent slug. Who was born into money and could still only make money by cheating other people or selling out to foreign criminals.

    • Aynwrong

      “Who was born into money and could still only make money by cheating other people or selling out to foreign criminals.”

      Born on third base, too stupid to steal home.