Susan Collins

GOP tax plan diverges wildly from Trump’s promises to the middle class

GOP tax plan diverges wildly from Trump’s promises to the middle class

The GOP tax plan on the cusp of becoming law diverges wildly from the promises President Donald Trump and top advisers said they would deliver for the middle class - an evolution that shows how traditional Republican orthodoxy swamped Trump's distinctive brand of economic populism as it moved through Washington.

The bill was supposed to deliver benefits predominantly to average working families, not corporations, with a 35 percent tax cut Trump proposed on the campaign trail as part of the "Middle Class Tax Relief and Simplification Act."

"The largest tax reductions are for the middle class, who have been forgotten," Trump said in Gettysburg,...