Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioMilley says calls to China were 'perfectly within the duties' of his job Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE (R-Fla.) told The Economist in a recent interview that "there's no evidence whatsoever" that the corporate tax cut Republicans passed last year is overwhelmingly benefiting workers.
“There is still a lot of thinking on the right that if big corporations are happy, they’re going to take the money they’re saving and reinvest it in American workers,” Rubio said in the interview, published late last week. “In fact they bought back shares, a few gave out bonuses; there’s no evidence whatsoever that the money’s been massively poured back into the American worker.”
The comments are being highlighted by Democrats — including Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden MORE's (D-N.Y.) office — who view the remarks as bolstering their case against the tax law. Democrats have been hammering on the increase in stock buybacks that has occurred since the tax law passed, while Republicans have generally focused on the companies that have announced bonuses, wage increases and new capital investments.
There is no more eloquent critic of Marco Rubio's voting record than Marco Rubio. https://t.co/xWwP5ARxuJ— Seth Hanlon (@SethHanlon) April 30, 2018
The GOP tax law cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. The tax plan Rubio offered during his 2016 presidential campaign would have cut the corporate tax rate to 25 percent — a less steep reduction than in the new law.
One of Rubio's top tax priorities has been expanding the child tax credit, and at one point he threatened to vote against the tax bill unless the amount of the credit that's refundable was increased. Rubio ultimately voted for the bill after the refundable amount was boosted, though the credit wasn't made fully refundable.
A Rubio spokeswoman said Monday that the senator "pushed for a better balance in the tax law between tax cuts for big businesses and families, as he’s done for years."
"As he said when the tax law passed, cutting the corporate tax rate will make America a more competitive place to do business, but he tried to balance that with an even larger child tax credit for working Americans," the spokeswoman said.
Rubio has promoted the tax law since its passage, attending events earlier this month with Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloDirect air capture is a crucial bipartisan climate policy Biden's corporate tax hike is bad for growth — try a carbon tax instead Cheney fight stokes cries of GOP double standard for women MORE (R-Fla.) and Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottDOJ announces agencywide limits on chokeholds and no-knock entries Lobbying world As Biden falters, a two-man race for the 2024 GOP nomination begins to take shape MORE (R-S.C.) to tout aspects of the measure aimed at helping low-income families and distressed communities.
But this isn't the first time Rubio has suggested that the corporate tax cut would lead to stock buybacks and dividends. Shortly after the bill passed, he told reporters that the bill "probably went too far on [helping] corporations."