Dem Rep. Admits Calling Tax Cuts ‘Crumbs’ Creates ‘Dilemma’

Eric Scheiner | April 19, 2018
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With over 500 companies announcing pay raises, bonuses or other benefits to employees as a result of the GOP tax cuts, even some Democratic legislators are admitting that downplaying the cuts as “crumbs” is creating a “dilemma” that could alienate voters.

Neil Cavuto of Fox Business asked Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) about the Democratic reaction to the GOP tax cuts on Tuesday.

"So you think that it's an issue Democrats can campaign on. The reason why I mention it, congressman, is that a lot of your colleagues, two in particular, from Nancy Pelosi and a couple of other Democratic senators who've made the point, ‘it could be more.' In other words ‘there could be more,’” Cavuto said.

"But tell that to someone who is getting 1,000 bucks from his company or seeing a little bit more in their paycheck. Do you risk alienating voters who are told this is ‘crumbs?'"

"That is the dilemma," Cleaver responded.

"When you downplay somebody's increase, which is significant to them, they're not going to be quite happy," Cleaver said.