Heading Toward Tax Victory, Republicans Eye Next Step: Cut Spending

Published Dec 2, 2017. By Kate Zernike and Alan Rappeport .

As the tax cut legislation passed by the Senate early Saturday hurtles toward final approval, Republicans are preparing to use the swelling deficits made worse by the package as a rationale to pursue their long-held vision: undoing the entitlements of the New Deal and Great Society, leaving government leaner and the safety net skimpier for millions of Americans.


Robert L. Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan organization that encourages fiscal responsibility, complained of hypocrisy from Republicans who have been clamoring to lift the spending caps that were created by the 2011 Budget Control Act.

If the tax cuts do not generate the revenue Republicans are expecting, he predicted, “people will say, ‘No, we’re not getting the growth because we should have cut taxes even more.’ ”