The GOP Grinches

The GOP Grinches
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We're going to give the American people a huge tax cut for Christmas,” President Donald Trump explained in a cabinet meeting earlier this week. “Hopefully, that will be a great, big, beautiful Christmas present.”

Five Republican grinches — Senators Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Susan Collins (Maine), John McCain (Ariz.), and Ron Johnson (Wisc.) — threaten to replace that $1.5 trillion present with a lump of coal.

Flake, recent claims by the president aside, remains officially “undecided” regarding the tax bill and, through a spokesman, promises to cast his vote on “nothing to do with the president” but rather on the legislation's “merits.” His Arizona colleague McCain gripes about process issues along with concerns regarding the repeal of the individual mandate.

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