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GOP Rebounded From Defeat to Come Together for Passage of Tax Bill

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By    |   Wednesday, 20 December 2017 11:58 AM

The humiliating failure of Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare this past summer despite controlling the White House and both houses of Congress spurred the GOP to streamline the arduous procedure to pass a tax bill, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

Soon after the failed vote on healthcare, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell convened the Republican members of the Budget Committee in August, pressing the need for a budget that would allow for a tax bill to pass.

The widespread sentiment in the GOP that a tax bill was needed to show a win to their supporters helped party leaders hammer out a budget that pushed aside previous concerns over adding to the federal budget deficit.

Crucial steps along the way that ensured passage included the deficit bargain struck between GOP Sens. Patrick Toomey and Bob Corker in September, pressure from President Donald Trump on a controversial push to tweak retirement savings in the bill, and early and crucial endorsement from Sen. John McCain, whose objection to the Republican health bill had been key to its demise.

Another key moment came when Trump reached a deal with Democrats to keep the government open in early fall, which freed up valuable legislative time to push the tax bill forward.

However, despite the victory, Republican have taken a political and economic gamble, according to the Times. The GOP shut themselves off from criticism, avoiding the rowdy town hall meetings that helped doom their attempt to get rid of Obamacare.

Republicans convinced each other that unfavorable economic analysis of their bill were wrong, and that its poor poll numbers would improve once Americans received what the GOP believes will be the tangible benefits of the legislation.

Democrats emphasized and led the public dissatisfaction with the plan, saying the legislation would hurt the middle class and clearly setting that up as a campaign theme for midterm elections.

McConnell acknowledged that Democrats think the bill will spark a backlash, saying they "believe it must be a political winner for them. We believe it's a political win for the country, and thus, it's going to be good for us. So we'll take it to the country and see what happens in 2018."

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