Opinion Sen. Bob Corker Courageously Stood Up to Fellow Republicans on Tax Reform

19:52  06 december  2017
19:52  06 december  2017 Source:   usnews.com

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The Tennessee senator resisted pressure from his fellow Republicans to back their tax bill. Corker is the only one of 52 Republican senators to vote against the behemoth tax bill. For that he has my everlasting good will and vote for the best Republican of the lot – even over the quixotic Arizona Sen .

Bob Corker grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He attended public schools, played sports, and from an early age learned to love and value hard work. At the age of 13, Bob took his first job lining baseball fields.

The Associated Press: Corker wouldn't cave. © The Associated Press Corker wouldn't cave.

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I saw the scene with my own eyes. Last week, a packed press gallery stared down at the Senate floor where Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., was surrounded by a a tall posse of fellow Republican senators determined to pass the tax overhaul bill, at all costs to the nation.

Rarely have I seen such grace under pressure. This intense floor drama went on for 45 minutes after an amendment vote was scheduled to end. We reporters could not hear the conversation near the well, but the faces told the story. Corker, who is not running for re-election next year, could not be counted a team player anymore.

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Senate Republicans are hoping for tax reform by Christmas, but they still need to get a few more members of their party on board first. Sen . Bob Corker , R-Tenn., was the only Republican who joined Democrats in voting against the Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has stood at odds with President Trump

Corker is the only one of 52 Republican senators to vote against the behemoth tax bill. For that he has my everlasting good will and vote for the best Republican of the lot – even over the quixotic Arizona Sen. John McCain, who saved Obamacare. Corker was the picture of a profile in courage, standing his ground alone against the crowd. The late President John F. Kennedy published "Profiles in Courage" when he was a senator, about the handful of senators who took unpopular votes that changed history.

Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Corker took a tough vote because he embraced the party rhetoric over the years on fiscal restraint, i.e. not running up a massive deficit. This principle got thrown to the rough winds of winning one legislative victory this year, President Donald Trump's first year in office. This bill is estimated to add more than a trillion dollars to the deficit, which was Corker's objection. And that's not even the most scandalous part of this seriously regressive re-write of the tax code.

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Republican senators talked up what they described as a "productive" meeting with Trump during a Tuesday lunch supposed to Bob Corker says the GOP's big meeting with Trump on tax reform was nothing more than a photo-op. But GOP Sen . Bob Corker said that nothing productive went down at the lunch. It was a much different description than what was provided by fellow Republicans .

Sen . Bob Corker was the only Republican to vote against the bill. Corker 's deficit hawk position has infuriated RELATED: Bob Corker 's trillion tax reform problem. The news led to Corker holding court on the Corker asked more questions. At one point Toomey grew audibly frustrated, this time standing "When the trigger doesn't work, you have to come up with, I think, 0 billion," said Sen .

For the record, it's not tax reform, a misnomer. It's a massive transfer of wealth, a Christmas gift to the GOP's wealthy donor base. As Democratic senators said, it was a sloppily written (even handwritten) bill to help the rich get richer. They stuck together, all 48 in the caucus. The final vote was 51-49. Before final passage, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., bellowed, "Come down to the floor and tell me I'm wrong," declaring the bill would result in social spending cuts.

Now Bob Corker is all of 5'7". Sen. John Thune.of South Dakota is 6'5", maybe more, a giant of the earth. Texas Sen. John Cornyn, second in the Republican leadership, looks just like a Southern old bull or sheriff. I'm telling you, there were at least a dozen angry Republican men with furrowed brows involved. (Susan Collins, a Maine moderate, was part of the pack.)

Trump has mocked Corker as "little" on his Twitter tirades because the Tennessean has shown some independent thought as the months of a rocky year passed. The senator has fired back at the president and called the Trump White House "an adult day care center." He also stated several of his Republican colleagues share his dim view of Trump, but few had spoken out.

There is no love lost between Trump and several Republican senators. But give Corker this: He was the only one to stand up to a jury of his peers at a moment when history was watching.

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