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

Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Lawmakers call for FTC probe into top financial data aggregator Overnight Health Care: Progressives raise red flags over health insurer donations | Republican FTC commish backs Medicare negotiating drug prices | Trump moves to protect money for religious groups 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 JohnsonHillicon Valley: Barr asks Apple to unlock Pensacola shooter's phone | Tech industry rallies behind Google in Supreme Court fight | Congress struggles to set rules for cyber warfare with Iran | Blog site Boing Boing hacked Congress struggles on rules for cyber warfare with Iran Senators set for briefing on cyber threats from Iran MORE (Wis.), Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerRNC says ex-Trump ambassador nominee's efforts 'to link future contributions to an official action' were 'inappropriate' Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE (Tenn.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMitch McConnell may win the impeachment and lose the Senate Murkowski wants senators to 'really hear the case' before deciding on impeachment witnesses Republicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment MORE (Maine) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMartha McSally fundraises off 'liberal hack' remark to CNN reporter Meghan McCain blasts NY Times: 'Everyone already knows how much you despise' conservative women GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials 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.