Top Senate Dem optimistic GOP tax plan will fail in upper chamber

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenDemocratic senator predicts Franken will resign Thursday Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Lobbying world MORE (D-Ore.), the top Democrat on the Senate’s tax-writing committee, said early Thursday that he is optimistic that the GOP tax-reform proposal will fail in the upper chamber. 

Wyden said on CNN's "New Day" that Democrats went against the odds and successfully defeated the GOP push to repeal and replace ObamaCare earlier this year, and that they can do it again with the Republican tax-reform efforts.


"What I am saying is, much like health care, we are seeing Republican senators express their concerns," Wyden told host Chris Cuomo.

"Right now, I think we are seeing a lot of senators having some doubts, and we see a lot of them concerned about the fact that people are going to lose health insurance coverage, premiums are going to go up. They are concerned about deficits," Wyden, the Senate Finance Committee's ranking member, added.

He named several Republican colleagues who have expressed concern about the legislation, including Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonOvernight Cybersecurity: Panel pushes agencies on dropping Kaspersky software | NC county won't pay ransom to hackers | Lawmakers sound alarm over ISIS 'cyber caliphate' GOP chairman warns of ISIS's ‘cyber caliphate’ Overnight Finance: House approves motion to go to tax conference — with drama | GOP leaders to consider Dec. 30 spending bill | Justices skeptical of ban on sports betting | Mulvaney won't fire official who sued him MORE (Wis.), Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerFormer Dem Tenn. gov to launch Senate bid: report McConnell 'almost certain' GOP will pass tax reform Former New Mexico gov: Trump's foreign policy is getting 'criticized by everybody' MORE (Tenn.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids Study: ObamaCare bills backed by Collins would lower premiums Right scrambles GOP budget strategy MORE (Maine) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE (Ariz.).

He suggested that more lawmakers will begin "peeling off." 

"We think when they go home for this Thanksgiving break they're not going to be able to walk through the grocery store without getting a lot of flack from middle-class families, for this bill that is stacked for the multinational corporations and not for working families," he continued.

With a narrow majority in the Senate and without Democratic support, Republicans can only afford to lose the support of three senators. 

"Chris, my whole point is we could beat it," Wyden said.

Johnson on Wednesday became the first Republican senator to say he would oppose the bill unless it is amended to help “pass-through” businesses, which he argues are prioritized lower than corporations as the bill is currently written. 

His list of demands, however, appears attainable.