Sen. Hassan Hoping More Republicans Come Out Against Tax Plan

Maggie Hassan GOP tax plan

Sen. Maggie Hassan talks to constituents in an Exeter, New Hampshire book store Friday. (Kendall Buhl/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

EXETER, N.H. (WBZ-AM) -- Senator Maggie Hassan says that the more we learn about the Republican tax reform plan, the more there is to dislike.

Sen. Hassan, who stopped by the Water Street Bookstore in Exeter Friday morning to talk about the tax plan with constituents, told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kendall Buhl she hopes more Republicans will object to various parts of the bill and help defeat it.

"I'm hoping that Sen. Rubio will be able to convince some others of his colleagues to hold strong," she said. "And we'll continue to make the case both at home and in D.C. that this is a tax bill that is really bad for working- and middle-class families and the small business community."

So far, Sen. Bob Corker doesn't like what the bill means for the deficit, and Sen. Marco Rubio is withholding his support over the child tax credit.

Hassan met with small business owners who were alarmed with what the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says the tax bill would mean for them and their customers.

"We know that, because of this tax bill, insurance premiums would go up about ten percent a year," she said. "We also know that about 13 million people would lose health insurance, and that adds strain to working families and middle-class families too, and to small businesses like this one."

 Sen. Hassan said she's eager to get to work on a meaningful tax reform bill that would simplify the code and reduce the burden for middle-class families--but she said attempts at bipartisanship have so far gone unanswered.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kendall Buhl reports

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