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Manchin Tries to Explain Opposition to GOP Tax Bill Without Insulting Trump

Manchin Tries to Explain Opposition to GOP Tax Bill Without Insulting Trump
Sen. Joe Manchin (AP)

By    |   Thursday, 21 December 2017 12:43 PM

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Wednesday tried to explain why he opposes the Republican tax bill when he represents a state that widely supports the president and the GOP.

Manchin faces reelection in a state that overwhelmingly voted for President Donald Trump over his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, and he remains very popular in West Virginia despite his low approval rates nationwide.

On the radio Thursday, Manchin seemed careful to avoid directly insulting the president or the Republicans who backed the bill while defending his own position.

"There's some good in this bill. I acknowledge that," Manchin told West Virginia radio host Hoppy Kercheval on Talkline, after he asked why he opposed the bill, which Kercheval said would benefit the "vast majority" of the state's businesses and taxpayers.

"The things that you mention are correct. Initially people will benefit and see some changes in their taxes," the senator said, adding that the immediate benefits will be offset by the rising national debt and once the temporary tax cuts to individuals and married couples end in 2025, while the corporate tax cuts are permanent.

"Why did the permanency have to go on the big end, and not on the individuals who really got left behind?" he said. "I think there is going to be benefit from the get-go, which is called the sugar high."

In an interview with the Charleston Gazette-Mail on Wednesday, Manchin questioned why for "the first time in the history of the United States," Congress began negotiations on tax reform by "assuming we would add another $1.5 trillion dollars of debt to the already staggering debt we have as a nation," as the Joint Committee on Taxation found it its projection of the tax plan's effects earlier this year.

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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Wednesday tried to explain why he opposes the Republican tax bill when he represents a state that widely supports the president and the GOP.
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