Republican senators ignored concerns about the impact of the tax bill on the national debt and discussed the corporate tax rate on December 3, while the legislation addresses the conference. (Jenny Starrs / The Washington Post)
Although polls show that the tax measure that is about to be completed in Congress is unpopular, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Predicted on Sunday that it will ultimately be the winner political.
By next fall, he said, Americans will already feel the effects of revisions in the tax code, a version of which pbaded to the Senate early Saturday.
The approval of the Senate has moved President Trump and the Republicans who control both houses of Congress to achieve their first major legislative achievement in an era in which they control both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
"We believe that this will produce results, we will certainly be able to talk to the American people in the fall of 2018 and 2020," McConnell said on ABC's "This Week."
The Senate vote 51-49 was almost completely broken along the lines party, with only one Republican, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, opposing the measure. The fact that no Democrat in any of the cameras supported him shows that they are making another calculation, McConnell admitted.
"They decided it was important for them politically to oppose this tax measure and bring it to the American people, and we are prepared to do so," McConnell said. "We believe that the country has had a low performance and we believe that this will make the country perform better."
A Washington Post / ABC News poll in early November found that only a third of Americans support the tax plan, while the other half oppose it. Six out of 10 said that the tax cuts in the legislation favor the rich.
Most credible economic badyzes say that the deficit will also increase. The Joint Nonpartisan Tax Committee projected that it would add $ 1 trillion to the deficit in a decade, questioning the Republicans' insistence that it would pay itself through economic growth.
Although the legislation has not yet reached Trump's desk, the battle to control the political turn around has already been completely compromised.
"This was just dragged across the finish line in a party line vote," said one opponent, Senator Angus King (I-Maine), "Face the Nation" on CBS. "We're going to find really smelly things here that we did not know."
But he added that Republicans will try to make sure that "anything good that happens in the United States in the next year, including good weather in the Super Bowl, is going to be attributed to this bill."
Republicans expressed confidence that the differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation can be resolved without much difficulty.
A possible complication arose on Saturday, when Trump said he would consider setting the corporate tax rate at a level higher than that approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate. The president said he could accept a rate of 22 percent, two percentage points more than in two versions of the bill that go to a conference committee.
Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, played down Trump's comments.  "We are happy with both numbers," Mulvaney said on CBS. "If something small happens in a conference that leads us to cross the finish line, we'll see it case by case, but I do not think we'll see any significant change in our position on corporate taxes."
Separately, both McConnell and Mulvaney predicted that there will be no government shutdown. The government will run out of funds on Friday.
"There is a group of rightists in the House who say they want to close the government, there is a group of Democrats who want to close the government for" extending protection to people who were illegally brought into the country when they were children, "he said. Mulvaney. "And there is a group of legislators from some hurricane states who want to close the government until they get what they want."
"The spending system breaks down when any small group can hold the government hostage." of aggregate budget. "We have to go beyond that. I think we'll do it. I do not think you'll see a government shutdown. "
McConnell was more definitive.
" There will not be a government shutdown, "the Senate majority leader said." It just is not going to happen. "