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Manchin: So, it Looks Like the Tax Bill I Voted Against Will — Um — Help A Lot of West Virginians


Of course it will, Joe.  More than 80 percent of Americans will get a tax cut next year under the new law, with nearly as many taxpayers enjoying relief through at least 2026 (and very likely beyond).  Of the plan’s tiny handful of ‘losers’ (less than five percent), most are high-income earners living in high-tax states who itemize their deductions — as opposed to taking the now-doubled standard deduction, as 70 percent of filers currently do (a number that will grow).  It…doesn’t sound like many West Virginians fit that profile.  Manchin knew all of this, of course, but he voted with Chuck Schumer anyway, just as he’s refused to help Republican Senators confirm a number of highly qualified judges nominated by President Trump.  Confronted with his tax reform vote on local radio, Manchin struggled to defend his decision:

December 27, 2017

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