Midwest Abandons Trump, Fueling Democratic Advantage For Control Of Congress

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer

They would make good on President Trump's repeated calls on Congress to go beyond the $1.5 trillion package he signed a year ago and give Americans more breaks.

As Democrats enter the fall midterm campaign with palpable confidence about reclaiming the House and perhaps even the Senate, tensions are rising between the White House and congressional Republicans over who is to blame for political difficulties facing the party, with President Donald Trump's advisers pointing to the high number of GOP retirements and lawmakers placing the blame squarely on the president's divisive style. Even some Republicans, especially those in high-tax states where residents may be hurt by an extension of the limits on deducting state and local taxes, are reportedly anxious about voting for the package.

And about a dozen Republican House members, facing tough re-election fights in the high-tax, Democratic-leaning states of New York, New Jersey and California, voted against their party's tax legislation previous year.

And even some House Republicans oppose a new tax bill.

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They included a measure by Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey to repeal the cap on federal deductions for state and local taxes that came in the new tax law.

Despite reports surfacing last week that House Republicans were having second thoughts about pushing a second round of tax cuts this month, they must have said, "Screw it, let's do it anyway". 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.

Four high-tax states - Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and NY - already have sued the federal government over the cap, asserting it's aimed at hurting a group of Democratic states and tramples on their constitutional budget-making authority. The lead also similar to Democrats' advantage on the question in 2006, the last time they took back the House. But that has been undercut on the campaign trail by worries about Trump's policy on trade tariffs and a lack of evidence that tax cuts have delivered promised pay increases to workers.

Republicans insist Trump's tax overhaul and actions to deregulate industry are boosting the economy. Starting in 2026, the cuts could cost the federal government about $165 billion annually in today's dollars, according to projections by the Tax Foundation, a conservative-leaning think tank.

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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.

Republicans say the legislation will also seek to encourage start-up businesses by allowing them to write off more start-up costs and add investors without limiting tax benefits, such as research and development credits.

The new tax law enacted in December provides steep tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, and more modest reductions for middle- and low-income individuals and families. Men approve of the job Trump is doing by a 50-to-42-percent margin.

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