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GOP Looks to Manchin for Support on Tax Reform

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By    |   Friday, 13 October 2017 10:34 AM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reaching out to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., for his vote on tax return, The Hill reports.

President Donald Trump invited Manchin, along with two other senators, to the White House last month to discuss taxes over dinner. All three senators face re-election next year in states that Trump won, and the GOP has set their sites on Manchin as they look for bipartisan support on tax reform.

More recently, the majority leader invited Manchin to his office for a talk about various issues, including tax legislation.

After the meeting, Manchin said he told McConnell that he can support tax reform legislation that doesn't increase the deficit, siding with Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker.

"That deficit bothers us. It really bothers us. So you got to find a combination that works, that's reasonable, responsible for our kids and grandkids and really works," the West Virginia Democrat said, according to the Hill.

Manchin also criticized the proposed tax rates of 20 percent corporate and 25 percent pass-through, as suggested by Trump and other Republican leaders.

"My concern is I really think that 20 percent is too low — 25 percent corporate … is good," he said. "Ten percent [for] repatriation, 30 percent [for] pass-throughs."

The senator added that he and McConnell "just talked back and forth to see if there's flexibility and movement."

Despite the attempts by GOP leaders to secure votes across the aisle, some in the party dismiss these methods given the opposition from Democratic leadership.

"There's no value to bipartisan. He is never going to vote for that bill unless he's the 51st, 52nd or 53rd vote. He would never be the 50th vote and everybody knows that so what's the point?" said Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, who assists the Trump administration on tax issues.

"He knows perfectly well that the administration has said that they will not budge beyond 20 percent," Norquist continued. "So he announced he's willing to cut a deal at something the White House won't do in order to sound reasonable but never actually have to cast the [yes] vote?"

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reaching out to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., for his vote on tax return, The Hill reports.
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