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Hey Senate GOP: Want Grassroots Conservative Support? Confirm Trump's Nominees

Originally Published in Washington Examiner on 11/27/17.

To say it’s been a frustrating year for conservatives would be a vast understatement. After running for years on promises of a full repeal of Obamacare and winning elections in a sweeping and historic victory, Republicans couldn’t even manage to pass the repeal they passed months before under former President Barack Obama.

Even worse, it looks as though the tax plan might be heading the same way. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., recently announced that he would not support the bill as it now stands. And although the bill did pass through the House and the Senate Finance Committee, that doesn’t mean the plan will actually pass on the Senate floor – just look at what happened to the skinny repeal. Even if something does pass, it’s highly likely that the so-called “moderates” such as Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and John McCain, R-Ariz., will band together and water down the bill so that it doesn’t actually make the changes our economy so desperately needs.