Republicans are well on their way to delivering a large tax-cut package to President Donald Trump's desk in the next month or two. The problem is, most people hate it.
The House passed its $1.4 trillion tax-cut package on Thursday while the Senate Finance Committee sent its version to the floor to be considered after Thanksgiving. Passage by the full Senate is not assured, with several Republicans taking issue, by turns, with the deficit impact, repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate and treatment of pass-through businesses.
Republicans can only afford to lose two votes assuming no Democrat supports the effort. But given how desperate Republicans are to score at least one legislative victory in Trump's first year in office, smart betting in Washington is that the GOP will figure out how to get to 51 votes in the Senate and then reconcile differences with the House. There's little time to get all that done this year but it doesn't really matter that much if it pushes into January.