Top GOP senator: Passing tax reform 'almost impossible' without Dems' help

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTrump to award racing legend Roger Penske with Presidential Medal of Freedom Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to economist, former Reagan adviser Arthur Laffer Second ex-Senate staffer charged in aiding doxxing of GOP senators MORE (R-Utah)  said on Wednesday the chances of Republicans passing tax reform is "almost impossible" without help from Democrats. 


"It's tough to do. We're so equally divided that it’s going to be almost impossible to do without some Democratic help and I’m hopeful that we can do that," Hatch told Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network's "Mornings with Maria."

"I think we've got to put aside the differences and start working together," he added. 

Hatch's comments come as President Trump prepares to push for the Republicans' tax framework at a rally in Indiana today. 

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans are looking to secure a major legislative victory in the form of tax reform after failing for nine months to repeal and replace ObamaCare. 

The framework would reduce the top tax rate for the wealthy, while cutting taxes for business and eliminate most itemized deductions, according to a copy obtained by The Hill.

Republicans say they are aiming to simplify the tax code by providing tax relief to the middle class and making American businesses more competitive.