Polls: Election 2018, midterms could see Democrats take control

Ben Sasse I think about leaving the GOP ‘every morning when I wake

As Democrats enter the fall midterm campaign with palpable confidence about reclaiming the House and perhaps even the Senate, tensions are rising between the White House and congressional Republicans over who is to blame for political difficulties facing the party, with President Donald Trump's advisers pointing to the high number of GOP retirements and lawmakers placing the blame squarely on the president's divisive style.

"Passage is not automatic", he added.

The party of sitting presidents tends to lose seats in US congressional midterm elections and some analysts believe Trump's low national approval rating could drag on Republican candidates.

Trump previously had openly questioned whether the 2018 midterm elections even matter, but now he appears to be paying attention.

The most controversial provision in the bill is SALT, which caps deductions for state individual income sales and property taxes.

According to Axios' White House sources, President Trump is well aware of the fact that the Democratic Party could take over the House.

Former President Jimmy Carter is cautioning Democrats their path to defeating President Trump and the Republicans depends on independents and moderates.

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Still, Republicans are pushing ahead and portraying the legislation as a way to give American families certainty around the tax code and cement benefits for the middle class, betting that it can provide a cudgel to use against Democrats who vote against it. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) said the Tax Cuts 2.0 package will create more than 1.5 million new jobs, raise wages and boost GDP.

To the dismay of party leaders, the healthy economy and Trump have become countervailing forces. Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points; it is larger for subgroups.

While the law slashed the corporate tax rate permanently from 35 percent to 21 percent, its tax cuts for individuals and the millions of US "pass-through" businesses expire in eight years.

Startup businesses would be permitted to write off more of their initial costs.

If that happens, it would be the first time since 2012 the USA economy would have to support such a large deficit, highlighting a basic shift for the Republican Party, which once prided itself on fiscal conservatism.

With midterm elections barely two months away, the second crack at tax cuts outlined Monday is portrayed as championing the middle class and small businesses. Obama, who saw GDP growth of just over 1 percent, doubted that Trump could achieve 4 percent expansion. Our system was choking and would have been made worse.

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