The 2018 Midterms are only 10 months away….
The 2018 Budget Bill HAS TO BE voted on sometime next month….
The tax bill has attachments that WILL NEED Democratic votes …..
The Democrats maybe down…But they aren’t out….
In the last few days Donald Trump and Senate leader McConnell have said out loud what they know to be the case….
They HAVE TO get Democratic votes for legislation to go forward and help the Republicans survive next years elections…
A growing number of Republicans say a course correction is needed to prevent their party from losing the House, Senate or both given strong political headwinds that one veteran lawmaker likened to a “hurricane.”
GOP calls to work more with Democrats next year are becoming more common as Republicans look for ways to win over swing voters.
“One thing you can say about this year is that it was pretty partisan,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters on Friday at a year-end press conference.
“We’re going to be looking for areas of bipartisan agreement because that’s the way the Senate is.”
Republicans spent much of 2017 plowing ahead with a mostly futile effort to repeal ObamaCare before turning to tax cuts in the fall.
The successful tax-cut bill, beyond lowering the corporate rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, also repeals the ObamaCare mandate that most individuals have health insurance, an important victory for President Trump.
Yet polls show weak public support for the tax bill, and Democrats are working hard to cast it as a handout to the wealthy. The ObamaCare repeal effort also was decidedly unpopular in polls, and was seen as playing a role in decisive defeats for Republicans in Virginia’s off-year elections in November.
Public support for the health-care bill dropped as low as 17 percent, and a recent NBC News–Wall Street Journal poll showed that only 24 percent of Americans though the Republican tax plan was a good idea.
Recent polls show that Democrats have their biggest lead over Republicans on the generic ballot question since 2006, when Democrats captured control of the Senate and House.
McConnell has expressed concern to allies that the GOP could lose both chambers of Congress in the midterm elections,…..
This spells trouble for McConnell who will have to deal with pushback from within his own parties right leaners…And the House which has a 20+ GOP majority and wants to keep dismantling anything that has Barack Obama’s fingerprints on it…