It doesn’t look like tax reform is going to get passed anytime soon. For a few days, it seemed as though Republicans had reached an agreement, but that turned out to be an illusion. On Wednesday, Sen. Ron Johnson became the first defector.
“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… If they can pass it without me, let them… I’m not going to vote for this tax package.”
This is why people don’t like politicians. Tax reform is getting inexplicably bogged down. Republicans have complete control of Washington, yet they’ve been unable to pass any significant legislation.
“Johnson’s opposition means that Republican leaders are once again facing a very narrow path to passage. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can only lose two members of his conference and pass the bill along party lines,” writes CNN.
President Trump’s presidency is being stunted by establishment Republicans. Instead of throwing their support behind the White House, traditional conservatives are still trying the same old tricks.
Republicans need to shake up their leadership. McConnell has been slowly leading the party into a disaster. His inept handling of his job turned off a lot of voters.
All hope isn’t lost, however. Johnson indicated that if the measure was tweaked, he would be willing to vote in its favor.