Midwest Abandons Trump, Fueling Democratic Advantage For Control Of Congress

Marsha Scott
September 18, 2018

But as the midterm elections loom in two months, polls are showing only lukewarm support among voters for the $1.5 trillion package of individual and corporate tax cuts that President Donald Trump signed into law in December as his signature legislative achievement.

WASHINGTON-Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to unveil another round of tax cuts this week, hoping to draw a sharp contrast between themselves and Democrats ahead of the November 6 congressional elections.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, the 2.0 package's main author, plans to unveil draft language for three bills early in the week and put it to a committee-level vote on September 13, with a full House vote following by Oct 1.

The House Republican lawmakers revealed on Monday, Sept. 10, their plan to make the 2017 tax cuts for individuals more permanent with the intent to sway the voters for the upcoming elections in November, per Bloomberg.

Less than two months away from the November 6 elections, Republicans in the House Ways and Means Committee this week voted to move forward with a legislative effort that would ultimately bring in another round of reforms to the tax code, including making some of the previous changes permanent.

Even so, Glen Bolger, a leading Republican pollster, and many other prominent Republicans now believe they are likely to lose control of the House.

The most controversial provision in the bill is SALT, which caps deductions for state individual income sales and property taxes. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has said the legislation will get a vote on the House floor before the end of the month, according to Bloomberg.

A dozen House Republicans opposed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last December.

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Republicans insist Trump's tax overhaul and actions to deregulate industry are boosting the economy. But their message has been undercut by worries about Trump's policy on trade tariffs and a lack of evidence that tax cuts have delivered promised pay increases to workers.

Democrats hold an 8-point advantage among women in the poll, while Republicans hold a 4-point lead over Democrats among men.

The tax law that took effect January 1, the most sweeping rewrite of the USA tax code in three decades, is estimated to add around $1.5 trillion to the ballooning deficit over 10 years.

House Republicans said the legislation on the tax cuts would add to economic momentum and create 1.5 million new jobs in the long run, citing numbers from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.

Prospects for the new tax legislation in the Senate are weak, given the slim Republican majority and concern over the potential for further blowing up the deficit with a new tax cut - without corresponding new revenue sources. Under our new system, we're seeing incredible job growth, bigger paychecks, and a tax code that works on behalf of families and American businesses.

As on the President's approval rating, the shifts in Trump's favorability rating and attributes are driven largely by movement among independents.

The only listed groups approving of the president are Republicans, 84 - 7 percent and white voters with no college degree, 51 - 40 percent.

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