Grassley: Senators "Better not screw up Reform"

WASHINGTON (KCRG-TV9) -- Republican lawmakers have shifted focus to tax reform in the wake of their failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The tax plan-- which has yet to be written-- calls for the largest tax cut in U.S. history.

Even with a majority in the House and Senate, it's a tall order for the right. One made more difficult because of a, at times, contentious atmosphere that's developed between GOP members themselves and President Donald Trump.

"I'm not going to blame myself, I'll be honest,” said Trump, Monday. “They are not getting the job done. There are some Republicans frankly that should be ashamed of themselves."

Despite that, Iowa's Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, see a path forward. The two expect the party to see success, potentially before the end of the year with bipartisan support.

"I do think we're getting a lot of support on tax reform,” said Ernst. “I think it's very important for the American people."

And for Republicans in general, who are looking to mark down a major win following the “ObamaCare” debacle in the Senate.

Grassley highlighted the importance of getting tax reform accomplished, Wednesday, saying the pressure is on for the party.

"People have lost faith in the Senate to be able to deliver based on what we didn't do for ObamaCare,” said Grassley. “Consequently, we best make sure we don't screw up on tax reform."

That's especially true for GOP members up for reelection in the coming year. Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is reportedly aiming to oust many of them in the Senate in an effort to place more outsiders in key positions.

"Right now, it's a season of war against a GOP establishment," said Bannon.

The good news for the GOP, the Senate is set to vote on a key budget resolution this week that will lay the groundwork for the new tax plan. The approval of 50 senators is needed— which Republican leadership thinks it can narrowly nab by the time of the vote, expected Thursday or Friday.


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