Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is walking back some of the criticism he leveled against the new Republican tax law earlier this week, now claiming the measure “has been good for Americans” overall.
“On the whole, the tax cut bill helps workers. It’s just not massive tax cuts to multinational corporations that do it,” Rubio wrote in an op-ed for The National Review published Wednesday.
“Overall, the Republican tax-cut bill has been good for Americans. That is why I voted for it," he added. "But it could have been even better for American workers and their families.”
That assessment marks a stark departure from Rubio’s awkward rebuke of the law in an interview with The Economist published Monday, in which the Florida Republican questioned how much the legislation is really helping the working class.
"There is still a lot of thinking on the right that if big corporations are happy, they're going to take the money they're saving and reinvest it in American workers," Rubio told The Economist. "In fact they bought back shares, a few gave out bonuses; there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker."
Rubio’s latest appraisal of the tax law may be seen as act of political damage control following blowback from some conservatives over his less-than glowing review of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which Republicans muscled through Congress in December.
A major plank of the party’s electoral strategy in the upcoming midterm elections will be trumpeting tax breaks and bonuses to middle-class employees Republicans say were facilitated by the law, and the White House and GOP members of Congress have already expressed interest in attempting to pass a second round of tax cuts to woo voters.