Sen. Bob Corker: Some of the ‘ridiculous’ things in tax reform are just ‘buying off’ lawmakers to pass it

Senator Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, speaks to members of the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. The feud between President Donald Trump and Corker flared up again.

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Senator Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, speaks to members of the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. The feud between President Donald Trump and Corker flared up again.

Some of the items contained in the GOP tax reform discussion are just “buying off” holdouts and serve no other purpose, Republican Sen. Bob Corker told CNBC on Thursday.

“Some of the things we’re doing, I’m sorry, are ridiculous,” the Tennessee Republican told “Squawk Box,” though he did not mention any specifics.

“I’m sorry, but we live in a political world,” he continued. Those things are “not going to drive one ounce of economic growth. But it’s what you have to do to pass a tax bill.”

Corker described efforts by some lawmakers to pass tax reform as “unfortunate.”

“It’s buying off of people to pass tax reform,” Corker said.

“We could take a lot of this off in the trash can and make it easier and actually do something that grows our economy and increases our wages,” he argued.

President Donald Trump and the GOP have been pushing for a major overhaul to the U.S. tax code. They believe tax relief would give the current economy a boost.

Corker also told CNBC Thursday that despite his war-of-words with the president he’s “all in” on tax reform.

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