LARA BARS, Pa.
— In the heart of the Democratic Party’s base, the battle over the tax increases that will take effect next year is already heating up.
And it’s not just in the South.
In the past few weeks, it has emerged that President Donald Trump is mulling a major tax cut, a major expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit, a huge expansion of student loan debt forgiveness, a dramatic tax cut for the wealthy and a tax increase on small businesses.
As Republicans try to pass their tax overhaul in Congress, they are taking aim at their political opponents in the form of an unprecedented array of tax proposals that will have a major impact on the lives of many Americans.
In the last two weeks alone, the House passed a sweeping package of tax cuts that are expected to raise $1 trillion over the next decade.
But a major part of the legislation was also a tax cut on the wealthy, which the White House is now proposing to repeal.
And in the Senate, the Senate GOP plan is now headed to President Donald J. Trump’s desk, where it is expected to face a filibuster.
While Democrats are already threatening to fight the tax cuts in the courts, Republicans are now trying to move a tax bill that has been in the works for nearly a year to the Whitehouse, where they are hoping that it will be more palatable to voters.
In some ways, the tax package will look a lot like the last one, in that it is a tax hike on the rich that is set to take effect after a two-year delay.
The big difference is that this one is intended to be the biggest tax cut of the year for the richest Americans.
But the bill has been designed to take on a host of progressive groups and Democrats, including unions and a large number of Democrats in the White Houses own party, who are trying to hold the WhiteHouse accountable for the bill.
In fact, Democrats have already begun using the tax bill as a political weapon, and the Democrats’ latest attack came this week when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., suggested that Democrats could hold up the bill in the House for months if they did not vote for it.
Democrats are already fighting back on the tax proposal, with a broadside by Sens.
Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Chris Coons, D.C., in the New York Times, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D.-N.Y., in The Hill.
They say that the tax cut will cost the middle class millions of dollars over the course of its life, which they say is not a good look for the Trump administration.
“It’s a great plan that has many benefits for our country, but it’s going to create huge revenue that will be used for our economic growth, but also our security and our ability to meet our obligations to our children and grandchildren,” Nadler said on Tuesday, referring to the country’s debt.
Nadler added that the White house is already trying to “get its feet in the door” of Congress by offering $100 billion in tax breaks to businesses, and that the Trump team is “working hard to make sure that we have a plan that is affordable for working families.”
“The president is saying he’s going back to the drawing board, but the reality is we’re still working through all of these issues,” Nadman said.
Sen. Tim Kaine, D., a member of the House Budget Committee, told reporters on Tuesday that while he was hopeful that the president could get a deal on the deficit reduction, he would have to wait and see how long it took to get the White to the table on a tax overhaul.
“We don’t want to do the same thing again,” Kaine said.
“It’s important that we get to the bargaining table and have a conversation with the White, but we want to make certain that we don’t create this new and dangerous tax regime that’s not supported by facts and the facts will ultimately show that it’s a bad idea.”
While the tax overhaul may be popular with Democrats, it’s also unpopular among Republicans.
Polls show that more than 80 percent of Republicans believe the bill is unfair to middle-class families, and more than 60 percent of independents, according to a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Democrats, in contrast, are in a different position.
For Democrats, the fight over the GOP tax plan is about the economy, which has long been the main driver of economic growth and is the reason they are pushing for the largest tax cuts of their lifetimes.
And for Republicans, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has long become the main rallying cry for conservative voters, and their fight to hold on to power is part of their strategy to win back control of Congress.
“They’re doing the same things they did in the ’90s and the ’00s and are going to try to keep control of the Senate in 2018 and in 2020,” said Republican strategist