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‘Maverick’ McCain Ignores GOP Leadership on Tax Reform

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is asking for a bipartisan approach to tax reform.

“We need to do it in a bipartisan fashion,” McCain stated, according to Bloomberg. “I am committed, as I’ve said before, to a bipartisan approach, such as we’ve been doing in the Armed Services Committee for the last 53 years.”

McCain said similar remarks during the Republican push to remove ObamaCare.

After voting in July to let Republicans move forward on a bill that would get rid of parts of the Affordable Care Act, McCain gave a speech in which he urged a “return to regular order” and more bipartisanship.

Days later, he ignored his party when he voted against a “skinny” repeal measure, arguing that the bill was written too quickly and lacked bipartisan support.

McCain also opposed the GOP’s latest repeal bill, saying Friday he refused to vote for the measure authored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.).

That bill died on Tuesday after it became obvious it did not have enough votes to pass.

Now, as many Republicans look to tax reform, GOP leaders want to use the same fast-track process they attempted to use on health care. That procedure needs only 51 votes in the Senate, as opposed to a filibuster-proof 60, which would give Republicans the opportunity to pass tax legislation without Democratic support.

President Trump is set to reveal the framework of a tax proposal decided on by administration officials and Republican congressional leaders.

Democrats, however, aren’t likely to support the plan, which reportedly includes lowering the top individual tax rate.

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