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Newt: Sens Won't Let Personal Conflicts With Trump Hinder Votes

Newt: Sens Won't Let Personal Conflicts With Trump Hinder Votes
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By    |   Tuesday, 28 November 2017 02:14 PM

Several Republican lawmakers may have personality conflicts with President Donald Trump, but they do vote on policy, not personality, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday, and he believes the same will hold when it comes to passing tax reform legislation and other vital bills.

"You have very intense personality conflicts with Sen. [John] McCain and the president on occasion, Sen. [Bob] Corker and the president, certainly Sen. [Jeff] Flake and the president, but then they come back as a member of the Senate conference and they really try to vote on policy," Gingrich told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program.

Such people didn't run for office because they don't believe in policy and "they really want to get things done," said Gingrich. "They have a real chance here today, I think, and probably by Saturday, to make history in a way that's really, really important."

Intense discussions are part of the "legislative process," he added, and "this is how it should work."

There are still a handful of Republicans who are not quite ready to vote for their party's tax reform legislation, Gingrich noted.

"I would guess Sen. [Susan] Collins probably has the biggest distance to travel," said Gingrich of the Maine Republican. "She both has concerns about repealing the Obamacare mandate and she has concerns about state and local tax deductibility. She might be the hardest one to get."

And, he continued that it's hard to tell what McCain will do, but he is a "very senior member and can do anything he wants to. There is no leverage over him."

Collins and McCain are probably the most concerning, said Gingrich, because there could be a way to meet the small business concerns voice by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, and Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana.

"I actually agree with Johnson and Daines that we need a little better deal for small business, which is, after all, the biggest job creators we have, the small businesses, not big business," said Gingrich. "I also think that they probably can find a trigger that will allow the fiscal conservatives to say that they put in a stopgap if the economic growth doesn't occur."

Meanwhile, Gingrich said he does not think tax reform has been effectively sold to the public.

"My sense is from all the reports I've seen the average family will get about a $200 a month increase in take-home pay and will get a tax code so simplified that 95 percent of all Americans will be able to fill out a postcard, not have to itemize or pay a tax preparer so it will save time and money on that front, too," he said. "For most middle class families $200 a month increase take-home pay is not trivial and will have an impact."

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Several Republican lawmakers may have personality conflicts with President Donald Trump, but they do vote on policy, not personality, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday, and he believes the same will hold when it comes to passing tax reform legislation and...
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