Corker’s Tax Reform Flip-Flop Backlash Due to GSE Reform?
January 5, 2018
Sen. Bob Corker’s last-minute decision to vote for the massive GOP tax bill caused a ruckus in the press and social media, but the Senator’s communications director attributed the noise to opponents of his efforts to pass housing-finance reform. The controversy arose when Corker, R-TN, was accused of voting for the tax overhaul only after he saw a provision that would reap him financial gains. Weeks before the final vote, Corker was the only Republican senator set to vote against an earlier version of the bill. Corker is said to have significant holdings in companies that would benefit from a tax break for real estate-related pass-through corporations and partnerships.