If the Tax Scam Becomes Law, Every Republican Should Fear For Their Seat


by Linda Benesch, Communications Director, Social Security Works

Throughout the fight to stop the GOP tax scam, all eyes have been on a handful of Senators including Bob Corker (R-TN), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ). But with the upset victory of Doug Jones in Alabama, where Donald Trump won by twenty-eight points last November, a different set of Congressional Republicans should be getting very nervous: Those who are up for re-election in 2018. Their number includes six Senators and every single member of the House who isn’t planning to retire.

At the top of that list is Dean Heller (R-NV), who represents a state that Donald Trump lost by two points. Right behind him is Ted Cruz (R-TX). Despite the Lone Star State’s red reputation, it only supported Trump by nine points, a much smaller margin than Alabama, which now has a Democratic Senator. Both Heller and Cruz have been enthusiastic supporters of the tax scam bill, with Cruz even appearing on CNN as the face of the bill in a debate with Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

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