Limbaugh: Republicans 'Don't Want to Cut Taxes,' 'Don't Want to Help Trump'

By Theresa Smith | May 31, 2017 | 4:43pm EDT
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Rush Limbaugh accused the Congressional Republicans of not wanting to cut taxes. Their motive? They don’t want to support President Donald Trump.

During his Tuesday radio show, Limbaugh said that the Republican majority in the House and Senate - not just the Democrats - stand in the way of passing the Trump budget:

“So the Republican Party, which is ostensibly the party of the president — and they owe their majority to him, particularly the Senate — are roadblocking Donald Trump more than the Democrats are, because the Democrats cannot.”

The president’s budget has received criticism and lack of support from both sides of the aisle. On the Left, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated that Trump’s proposed budget is “comic-book-villain bad” because “it relies on fantasy to make the numbers work.”

But, Schumer’s predictable opposition was not the main problem, Limbaugh said. The roadblock exists because of the Republicans. Limbaugh pointed out, “The Democrats don’t have the votes in the House to stop Trump. The Democrats don’t have the votes in the Senate to stop Trump, although there is the 60-vote cloture requirement.”

The Republicans have a majority of 238 in the House of Representatives, while they only need 217 to pass the budget. In the Senate, they have the majority by two votes.

Limbaugh directed his criticism to the Republicans who refuse to support the proposed budget. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz..) previously described the budget as “dead on arrival in Congress."

Limbaugh said, “It’s not the Democrats standing up and saying, ‘We are not gonna help. We’re gonna stand in the way of any foolish tax cut you propose.’ It’s the Republicans standing up and saying, “I just don’t see how we’re — there’s no room here. I don’t know how we’re gonna lower rates when you have this exemption over here and you have this exemption there.”

“They don’t want to cut taxes,” Limbaugh continued. “Either they don’t want to cut taxes institutionally, they don’t want to cut taxes economically, or they just don’t want to do the heavy lifting.”

Earlier, Limbaugh reminded his audience of excuses Republicans made for not repealing Obamacare during the Obama administration:

“‘Well, all we’ve got is the House. [We] can’t get anything through the Senate because the Democrats own the Senate…’ So voters gave Republicans the Senate, and Mitch McConnell said, ‘Well, the first thing you have to know is it takes 60 votes to do anything in the Senate, and we don’t have 60 votes. We only have 52.’ And then he would add, ‘Plus, as long as Obama’s still in the White House, all this is academic anyway. He’s gonna veto whatever we pass.’”

With the Republican majority now  in the House and Senate and with a Republican president, none of these excuses stand in the way of passing a Republican bill, Limbaugh noted.

Why wouldn’t the Congressional Republicans want to pass the Trump-budget and cut taxes? The Limbaugh conclusion:

“My guess is they don’t want to help Trump.”

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