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Maryland Democrat: We’re Going to ‘Make Changes’ to GOP Tax Bill

Chris Van Hollen, who sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Democrats are planning to “revisit” the GOP tax bill passed late last year.

By NTK Staff | 11.28.2018 @4:30pm

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) did not hide the fact that Democrats are targeting the recently passed GOP tax bill that gives across the board tax breaks and makes the U.S.’s business community more competitive.

In an interview with Roll Call’s budget and tax editor Peter Cohn, Van Hollen laid out in bare terms the fact that Democrats are going to attempt to overhaul the tax cuts that President Trump signed into law one year ago.

“On tax policy, there were lots of mistakes made in this Republican tax plan, and there’s going to be an effort to cure some of those problems, but the problems go much deeper than the technical issues,” Van Hollen said. “So, I do believe Democrats are going to be looking through the entire tax plan that was just passed and looking at where we can make changes to help primarily middle-class folks and people who are working their way into the middle class.”

Not hearing much in terms of compromise from Van Hollen, Cohn asked the Maryland Democrat if “there’s nothing in this law that you would like to have remain in place?”

“No, I wouldn’t say that,” Van Hollen replied. “There is some small benefit to folks in the middle class, and so nobody’s talking about changing that aspect of it, but when it comes to the tax breaks for millionaires, that will definitely be revisited.”

Democrats, particularly Senate Democrats who will find themselves in the minority next Congress, might find it difficult to make any real changes to the law. While Democrats did gain the majority in the House, they still face a Republican Senate and a Republican in the White House, who likely won’t be eager to roll back one of his biggest accomplishments in office.

Instead, Democrats may find themselves railing against these tax cuts just as they begin to take effect for Americans across the country, further undercutting their case.

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