They all come around, although they do have to delude themselves sometimes in order to do so. But if they couldn’t delude themselves they wouldn’t be Republicans so… see Marco Rubio
But Susan Collins says she’s received assurances from Mitch McConnell that no cuts to Medicare will happen or she wouldn’t vote for the bill.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told reporters at a breakfast Thursday morning that she secured “a personal commitment” from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that Congress would avoid deep automatic cuts to Medicare and other federal programs that would be triggered by the costly tax bill up for a vote this week.
How McConnell can give assurances on that is a good question since it would take a 60 vote margin in the Senate to waive PAYGO rules that would trigger those cuts. This is a game of chicken with Medicare, that people, even Trumpsters, do not like.
After sounding like she was on board, Collins went on to list a few more requirements she has for her vote. She says she has a bunch of amendments she wants that have to be in there.
“It would be very problematic for me if the SALT deduction is not in the bill,” she said. “It’s extremely important to me. It would be very difficult for me to support the bill if I do not prevail.”
But the way this bill is being jammed through the meat grinder without hearings and with promises being made that may not be able to be kept, Collins may just have to vote on faith.
Of course if Collins is the only GOP no on the bill, then it doesn’t matter and she can go ahead and just safely vote no to protect herself and the bill can pass with 51.
It’s all a Trumpian disaster.