‘Accountability’ Needed For GOP Tax Plan, Critics Say

With the release of a House GOP tax bill days away, Democrats and liberal groups are working overtime to mobilize their supporters to try to derail or delay Republicans’ next big-ticket agenda item.

Democrats say the GOP bill is a giveaway to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class, and liberal advocacy groups say they’re going to take that message to members’ districts in the coming weeks and months.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee “will make sure there is political accountability back home in 2018 for Republicans who vote to cut taxes for millionaires and big corporations while cutting priorities like Medicare and public education,” said Stephanie Taylor, the group’s co-founder.

As part of the push, outside groups are trying to elevate prominent “millionaires and billionaires” to testify that they don’t need a tax cut.

Both chambers recently passed a 2018 budget blueprint that unlocks a fast-track tool, known as reconciliation, that will allow Republicans to pass their tax package with simple majorities in the House and Senate, bypassing the need for support from the other party.

“It’s most likely going to be done by [Republicans], and they’re going to have to find a way to come together even if some of them have to take a tough vote,” Mr. O’Connell said.

Liberal groups devoting energy to target red-state Democrats doesn’t necessarily hurt their cause, Mr. O’Connell said.

“The only risk here is that they could be helping Republicans unify their ranks,” Mr. O’Connell said. “If you’re a moderate Democrat, you’re going to do at the end of the day what you think is best in terms of getting re-elected.”

Read more from David Sherifinski at The Washington Times

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