Chuck Schumer blasts GOP for not including Democrats in tax reform negotiations

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer argued Republican-led efforts on tax reform would only benefit the wealthiest Americans and would exclude Democrats from the bargaining table.

“We Democrats sent a letter to the Republican leadership and the president, said that here were three things that we thought tax reform ought to have,” Schumer began while speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“One, tax breaks ought not to go to the top 1 percent, but ought to be focused on the middle class; two, ought not blow a hole in the deficit; three, ought to be done in bipartisan way not through reconciliation. Unfortunately, the Republican plan doesn’t agree with any of those.”

Earlier in the day, White House Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney said anyone who attempts to describe the full outcomes of tax reform “is lying to you” because so many of the details have yet to be hammered out or negotiated.

Schumer went on to criticize Republicans for noting they could use the reconciliation process to pass the bill, saying, “That’s a partisan process, it excludes Democrats, the same process that led to the demise on healthcare.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan also appeared on “Face the Nation” earlier, and addressed the idea of working with Democrats on the issue.

“We do work with Democrats, but we’re not going to give Chuck Schumer the ability to filibuster this bill because we think that would derail tax reform,” Ryan said.

“Do we want Democratic involvement? Absolutely. Did the president have Democrats in the Ways and Means Committee in the White House two days ago? Yes.”

Ryan also expressed hope some Democrats would come around and support tax reform.

“I really fundamentally believe some of these Democrats from some of these state(s) are going to vote for this,” Ryan said, talking about states which had seen slow job and wage growth over the last decade.

In particular, Ryan was alluding to Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, who travelled on Wednesday with President…

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