by Linda Benesch, Communications Director, Social Security Works
Throughout the fight to stop the GOP tax scam, all eyes have been on a handful of Senators including Bob Corker (R-TN), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ). But with the upset victory of Doug Jones in Alabama, where Donald Trump won by twenty-eight points last November, a different set of Congressional Republicans should be getting very nervous: Those who are up for re-election in 2018. Their number includes six Senators and every single member of the House who isn’t planning to retire.
At the top of that list is Dean Heller (R-NV), who represents a state that Donald Trump lost by two points. Right behind him is Ted Cruz (R-TX). Despite the Lone Star State’s red reputation, it only supported Trump by nine points, a much smaller margin than Alabama, which now has a Democratic Senator. Both Heller and Cruz have been enthusiastic supporters of the tax scam bill, with Cruz even appearing on CNN as the face of the bill in a debate with Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA).