The Republican United States Senator for Pennsylvania Pat Toomey took to Fox News this morning to urge senate Republicans to get to work quickly on tax reform, saying “Failure on tax reform is not an option.” The Republicans in the senate spent the last two weeks trying to get Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy’s healthcare bill passed, but failed after Republican senators John McCain, Rand Paul and Suzanne Collins came out against the bill. Toomey stressed the need to get tax reform done by the end of the year, and the importance of getting every Republican on board to pass the bill. Republicans can only afford two “no” votes from their own party on any bill they put forward, as Democrats have made it clear they have little interest in working the the Republicans to pass legislation.
This became evident after Democrats stonewalled the GOP’s healthcare reform initiatives, and refused to work with Republicans on improving their proposed legislation. Tax reform is a crucial component of the Republican platform that was decided at the 2016 Republican Convention, and failure to accomplish this will result in anger from Republican voters who put their faith in President Trump and the Republican majority to reform the American tax code to make their lives easier and simpler by taking out the complicated components of filing your taxes. Republicans need to pass legislation, and little has been accomplished by the Republican controlled congress since January. Healthcare reform failed, tax reform must be passed by the end of the year.