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President Trump’s first legislative victory?

President Trump’s first legislative victory?

It’s increasingly likely that President Trump will finally notch his first major legislative victory. Reuters is reporting that “U.S. Republican senator Rand Paul on Friday appeared to back the Trump administration’s sweeping tax cut plan, saying he was ‘all in’ for massive tax cuts even as the Senate passed a key budget measure without his support one day earlier.”

Reuters then quoted President Trump’s tweet that said “The Budget passed late last night, 51 to 49. We got ZERO Democrat votes with only Rand Paul (he will vote for Tax Cuts) voting against.” Then President Trump tweeted “This now allows for the passage of large scale Tax Cuts (and Reform), which will be the biggest in the history of our country!” Still later, Sen. “Paul responded with his own tweet, saying, ‘I’m all in for tax cuts @realDonaldTrump. The biggest, boldest cuts possible – and soon!’”

As momentum builds for President Trump’s tax reform legislation, Democrats’ criticism will increase. Here’s what some Democrat senators are saying:

Tim Kaine (VA): “Senate Republicans held this vote on a sham budget to pave the way for their partisan tax plan. Based on what little we know about it, their tax plan could increase taxes on many hardworking Virginia families, put Medicare and Medicaid at risk, and increase the debt by $ 1.5 trillion. And I’m not okay with that.”

Cory Booker (NJ): “The Senate Republican budget resolution is an abomination. It threatens huge cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and essential programs that help poor families and people with disabilities — all to pay for President Trump’s effort to give massive tax cuts to the ultra-wealthy and well-connected.”

Heidi Heitkamp (ND): “Simply, this bill hurts rural America and that’s why I can’t support it. I’ve long said I want to work on comprehensive, smart tax reforms that help rural economies, and voting against this budget doesn’t change that. But for tax reform to work, Republicans and Democrats need to be at the table as it’s drafted, and any proposal must support workers, families, and retirees.”

Of course, Chuck Schumer wants to paint the tax reform as tax cuts for the wealthy:

“We’re going to also make our Republican colleagues vote on whether they want to raise taxes on the middle class,” Schumer said. “The President claims his tax plan will cut taxes, but it actually will raise them on millions of hard working families. Today, our Republican colleagues will decide whether they want to support those tax increases, or protect the middle class from paying more taxes.”

This show of solidarity will help bring President Trump’s tax reform initiative to a successful conclusion:

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