Which Corker Will Vote on the Senate Floor?

Despite the fact that Senator Corker has previously said he would oppose any tax legislation that would increase the deficit, he voted yesterday along party lines to move the Republican tax plan out of the Senate Budget Committee. Senator Corker had also touted the CBO scores in the past, but this time decided to ignore it. On top of that, Tennessee voters do not believe Republicans’ lies about their tax plan. Which Corker will come to vote on the Senate floor?

Corker has explicitly said he would not support a bill that increases the deficit, but voted for one yesterday.

NBC News: “But if it looks like to me, Chuck, we're adding one penny to the deficit, I am not going to be for it, okay? I'm sorry. It is the greatest threat to our nation. The greatest threat to our nation.”

Bloomberg: “With realistic growth projections, it cannot produce a deficit (…) There is no way in hell I’m voting for it.”

Politico: “There are several of us that are trying to figure out a way to make sure this doesn’t hurt us relative to deficits.”

Despite praising the CBO scoring in the past, Corker’s vote ignored the negative scoring of the GOP tax bill.

June 22, 2011: “Today’s long-term budget outlook from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, widely considered the most realistic estimate of our country’s fiscal future, reinforces the fact that we cannot let this seminal moment pass us by without putting in place an enforceable mechanism like the CAP Act to slash unsustainable spending.”

September 17, 2013:  “This report shows once again that entitlement spending is driving our nation’s debt to unsustainable levels and crowding out productive investments our country could be making in things like infrastructure, research and development, and national security.”

February 5, 2014:  “Today’s CBO report gives a sobering outlook on our economy.”

September 5, 2014: “Today’s CBO report further confirms that the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate Banking Committee in May is a win-win for the American taxpayer and should serve as the framework for how our housing finance system should look in the future.”

March 30, 2017:  “Today’s report further underscores the need for Congress and the administration to address our country’s dire fiscal imbalance… I strongly encourage my colleagues to keep our precarious fiscal situation in mind as we turn to the next items on the legislative to-do list.”

Tennesseans oppose the Republican tax plan because they know it would benefit large, wealthy corporations over middle-class families.

54% agree that the Republican tax plan would benefit wealthy Americans the most.

72% don’t think that corporations will use the tax cut to raise wages for their employees.