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

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump says GOP will support pre-existing condition protections | McConnell defends ObamaCare lawsuit | Dems raise new questions for HHS on child separations Republicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel US to open trade talks with Japan, EU, UK 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 JohnsonGOP senator seeking information on FBI dealings with Bruce Ohr, former DOJ lawyer Election Countdown: O'Rourke brings in massive M haul | Deal on judges lets senators return to the trail | Hurricane puts Florida candidates in the spotlight | Adelson spending big to save GOP in midterms Senate Homeland chair vents Mueller probe is preventing panel from receiving oversight answers MORE (Wis.), Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerOvernight Defense: Trump shifts tone on Saudis | New pressure from lawmakers | Trump: 'Certainly looks' like Khashoggi dead | Pompeo gives Saudis days to wrap up investigation | Trump threatens military action on border to stop migrants Trump changes tone on Saudi Arabia amid mounting pressure The Hill's 12:30 Report — Mnuchin won't attend Saudi conference | Pompeo advises giving Saudis 'few more days' to investigate | Trump threatens military action over caravan MORE (Tenn.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns Susan Collins and the mob mentality Graham: I hope Dems 'get their ass kicked' for conduct around Kavanaugh MORE (Maine) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcConnell: GOP could try to repeal ObamaCare again after midterms Comey donates maximum amount to Democratic challenger in Virginia House race Live coverage: McSally clashes with Sinema in Arizona Senate debate 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.