More than half of Pennsylvanians want tax reform. Their senator, Bob Casey, is not ready to vote for Trump’s plan.
President Trump was in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, a state that chose Trump over Hillary Clinton last November, to promote his tax cut plan. One public official not present? Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), who’s up for re-election in 2018.
Politico reported that Casey’s office “said he couldn’t attend because of a scheduling conflict.”
But Casey’s opposition to tax reform runs deeper than a scheduling conflict.
That same day, the Delco Daily Times reported that Casey blasted Trump’s tax plan at an event in Philadelphia.
“Eighty percent of the Trump/GOP tax framework goes to the top 1 percent. How does that make sense? How in God’s name can they say that this proposal has anything to do with giving the middle class a break?” said Casey, D-Pa., from a podium at the eastern end of Philly’s largest transit hub.
…“Medicare would be cut by over $470 billion over 10 years, and Medicaid would be cut by $1 trillion. Yes — that’s with a ‘t,’” Casey said. “Guess why? So they can give a trillion and a half to the super rich, the biggest corporations and anyone in our society that has great power.
Republicans have attacked Casey for his sharp left turn in the age of Trump.
What’s more, a majority of Casey’s constituents support tax reform. According to a poll conducted by Definers Public Affairs and WPA Intelligence, and reported by Axios in September, more than 56 percent of Pennsylvanians support tax reform that “cuts taxes and would save the average American family around two thousand dollars per year.”
- Pennsylvania: 56.6% support, 43.4% oppose
Casey seems more than willing to stand in the way of this popular effort, though.
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