There are still far too many Congressional Republicans who refuse to support President Trump’s agenda. The usual suspects: McCain, Graham, Collins, Murkowski, too many others to list. Now, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is backing out of voting for the GOP’s ‘offensive’ tax plan.
Sen. Ron Johnson announced he is opposed to the tax bill Wednesday, making him the first member of the GOP to formally come out against the party’s plan, though the Wisconsin Republican said he was hopeful about being able to support a final version once changes are made.
Johnson issued a statement saying the current proposal in both chambers is imbalanced in favor of large corporations but he left open the door to supporting the bills if they are altered.
“Unfortunately, neither the House nor Senate bill provide fair treatment, so I do not support either in their current versions,” he said. “I do, however, look forward to working with my colleagues to address the disparity so I can support the final version.”
— Matt O'Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) November 15, 2017
More, per Salon:
“If they can pass it without me, let them,” Johnson told the Wall Street Journal. “I’m not going to vote for this tax package.”
With 52 seats in the Senate and only two votes to spare, Johnson’s position could end the Republican party’s hopes of passing a tax reform measure and achieving a much-needed legislative victory.
Johnson is opposed to the bill, as its currently written, because he believes it disproportionately benefits corporations more than any other businesses, the WSJ reported. But Johnson also bashed the secretive process in which the Republicans have concocted the legislation.
“I don’t like that process,” Johnson told the WSJ. “I find it pretty offensive, personally.”
My goodness. Get it together, GOP!