Dem: Trump ‘betraying’ his own voters

Dem: Trump ‘betraying’ his own voters
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE’s signature legislative achievement in his first year in office, a massive tax overhaul that slashed corporate and individual tax rates, represented a “betrayal” of the voters who sent him to office, a key Democratic senator said.

In an interview for The Hill’s Power Politics podcast, Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenSenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility USDA eases relocation timeline as researchers flee agency Fed to launch real-time payments system in 2023 MORE (D-Md.) took aim at the tax-reform package that passed late last year on party-line votes.

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“This bill ended up being a total betrayal of Trump’s claim that he was there for the forgotten Americans. He wasn’t there for the forgotten Americans. He was there for folks on Wall Street, big corporations, and he’s going to pile more debt onto families across the country,” Van Hollen said. “He actually betrayed all the people who believed that he was going to deliver for them.”

Van Hollen said he worried that Republicans will use the tax overhaul to justify cuts to massive entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

“The step one was tax cuts for the big corporations. Step two will be coming after Medicare,” Van Hollen said. “In the same budget that set up a tax cut that overwhelmingly goes to corporate America, they call for dramatic cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. It’s right there in their budget for the fiscal year that we’re in right now.”

“We would like to see the Republicans make a commitment — they could do it today — that there will be no cuts this year to Medicare or Medicaid or Social Security. We’re going to ask them to make that pledge.”

House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSoaring deficits could put Trump in a corner if there's a recession Paul Ryan moving family to Washington Embattled Juul seeks allies in Washington MORE (R-Wis.) has voiced support for those cuts in the past, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell rejects Democrats' 'radical movement' to abolish filibuster Hickenlooper announces Senate bid Trump orders elimination of student loan debt for thousands of disabled veterans MORE (R-Ky.) has said he will only bring up legislation that enjoys bipartisan support in 2018, an election year.

The tax package passed in December had little public support, according to public opinion surveys. But in the weeks after the package passed, President Trump’s approval ratings have ticked slightly higher, though they remain lower than all of his predecessors at this point in their terms.

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