Cornyn: We probably could have made tax bill better if Democrats had participated

Cornyn: We probably could have made tax bill better if Democrats had participated
© Greg Nash

Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Air Force makes criminal reporting changes after Texas massacre We need a better pathway for allowing civilians to move guns across state lines MORE (R-Texas) said on Sunday that tax-reform legislation poised to pass through both houses of Congress this week could have been better if Democrats had participated in drafting the plan. 

"Our Democratic colleagues simply refused to participate in the process. We probably could have made it better if they had, but we were determined to get this job done, to cut taxes, to reform the tax code for the first time in 30 years," Cornyn said on ABC News's "This Week."

ADVERTISEMENT
Cornyn was responding to recent criticism of a last-minute tax break that could give millions of dollars to President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE and others who receive money from the real estate sector through limited liability companies (LLCs). 

"Picking out one piece in a thousand-page bill and saying 'this is going to benefit somebody,' I just think that takes the whole bill out of context," Cornyn said. 

The senator's comments come as House and Senate Republicans find themselves on the brink of their first major legislative victory of Trump's presidency in the form of a tax code overhaul. 

Trump has said he wants to sign a final version of the bill by Christmas. 

Cornyn said he expects the bill will pass the Senate on Tuesday.