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

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenPutin summit puts spotlight back on Trump's tax returns Sunk judicial pick spills over into Supreme Court fight House passes measure blocking IRS from revoking churches' tax-exempt status over political activity 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 JohnsonOn The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal Juan Williams: Putin wins as GOP spins GOP senator: Harley-Davidson is right to move some production overseas MORE (Wis.), Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCongress has five ways to show American power against Russia History argues for Democratic Senate gains GOP to White House: End summit mystery MORE (Tenn.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report — Russia furor grips Washington Overnight Health Care: Novartis pulls back on drug price hikes | House Dems launch Medicare for All caucus | Trump officials pushing ahead on Medicaid work requirements Senate panel to vote next week on banning 'gag clauses' in pharmacy contracts MORE (Maine) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Memo: Summit fallout hits White House Graham: Biggest problem is Trump ‘believes meddling equals collusion’ Obama, Bush veterans dismiss Trump-Putin interpreter subpoena 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.