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President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for travel to Indiana from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, September 27, 2017.
Former Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana agreed with McCrery that, in some shape or form, a tax bill will probably make it into law.
“I think there will be a tax bill passed,” Baucus said on “Power Lunch,” but “it may be very modest, it will be a tax cut, it will probably not be major reform.”
Baucus said the unbridgeable partisan divide in Washington will make it nearly impossible to get a substantive bill through Congress.
“I hope, frankly, that both parties have learned a lesson from the failure of health-care reform, that is: work together,” he said. “You’ve got to forget the rhetoric. You’ve got to work together.”
Baucus cited the tax reform measures taken under President Ronald Reagan in 1986 as being a bipartisan effort. Indeed, Bush’s tax reform bill in 2001 received yea votes from Republicans and Democrats alike.
McCrery, more optimistic about the chances of passage, expressed confidence in President Donald Trump‘s political abilities.
“I think the president realizes that there’s a long process ahead of the Congress in developing this bill and getting it passed,” McCrery said.
“He’s a good negotiator. I suspect he’s willing to listen and to work with members of Congress to get a final bill.”