Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Monday said he expects his fellow Republicans, including deficit hawks like Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., to ultimately support the tax reform bill later This particular year.
Appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Rubio was asked to respond in real time as President Donald Trump used Twitter to attack Corker as well as accuse the retiring senator of “fighting tax cuts.” Trump also predicted that will Corker could lose an election for dog catcher, were he to run.
“I think [Corker] will be” on board for a final vote, Rubio said. “All that will various other stuff will be interesting to cover, nevertheless the idea has nothing to do with the reason why we’re doing This particular,” he said. “So let’s stay focused on the taxes, as well as we’ll leave the drama to various other people.”
As the deadline nears for producing a tax reform bill, Republicans are struggling to find enough completely new sources of revenue inside tax code to offset part of the nearly $4 billion cost of massive tax cuts for corporations as well as individuals. Their efforts have been hampered by a series of promises the president has made publicly, including vows to not touch favorite programs as well as deductions.
Corker has emerged in recent weeks among the more vocal opponents of creating massive completely new deficits on the scale that will some analysts are predicting.
“the idea’s easy to talk about cutting people’s rates as well as doing the things that will benefit people,” Corker said Tuesday morning on ABC. “nevertheless if you start taking things off the table before you get began, you make that will very difficult. as well as what I trust will be going to happen will be the president will leave This particular effort to the tax writing committees.”
Moments later, the president lashed out.
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A few hours after his tweets, Trump was scheduled to attend a weekly lunch with Republican senators.