- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sen. Marco Rubio appeared to take a shot at President Trump over the president’s expressed willingness to increase the corporate tax rate to 22 percent.

Lawmakers shot down an amendment proposed by Mr. Rubio, Florida Republican, and Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, increasing the proposed corporate tax rate from 20 percent to 22 percent to pay for a more generous child tax credit.

But over the weekend, Mr. Trump hinted that the final corporate tax rate could end up at 22 percent when all is said and done.

“It could be 22 when it comes out, but it could also be 20,” the president told reporters on Saturday. “We’ll see what ultimately comes out.”

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney o said n Sunday the White House is “happy” with the proposed 20 percent rate.

“I don’t think it’s a change,” Mr. Mulvaney said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I think what you heard the president say is, look, we’re very close to the finish line. You know he’s wanted a 15 percent rate from the very beginning. That moved to a 20 percent rate as part of the discussion. My understanding is that the Senate has a 20 percent rate now, the House has a 20 percent rate now. We’re happy with both of those numbers.”

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