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Rubio’s tax plan would cost at least $6.8 trillion; Dems want funds to fight opioid abuse; GOP mulls Zika

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

RUBIO TAX PLAN WOULD ADD TO THE DEFICIT. A new analysis of presidential candidate Sen Marco Rubio’s tax found that the Florida Republican’s proposals would cost the federal government at least $6.8 trillion and would help the rich far more than low- or middle-income earners. Power Post has more:

Rubio’s proposal would deliver tax cuts to individuals at all income levels but top earners and businesses would receive some of the greatest benefits under the plan, according to an analysis released Thursday by the nonpartisan Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. Analysts said the plan could cost as much as $8.2 trillion after adding the cost of interest paid on debt created by the revenue losses.
A similar analysis of Trump’s plan released in December found that the real estate mogul’s proposals would cost about $9.5 trillion over the same time frame.

DEMS PUSH FOR FUNDS TO BACK UP BILL TO FIGHT OPIOD ABUSE. Senate Democrats gathered Thursday to insist that legislation sponsored by Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), two of the most vulnerable Republicans up for reelection, needs to include funding to ensure the legislation is effective, according to Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski.

“It’s a very good bill. We have an opioid epidemic, but I want to make a point here: We have to walk the walk, not talk the talk,” said Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democrat in the chamber, at a Thursday morning as the Judiciary Committee approved the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. “To just authorize money and not actually put money to spend will do nothing to resolve the crisis, and this is becoming something that we see as a pattern.
“We talk about Flint? There’s no money for Flint as of this point. We talk about mental illness, there’s no money for mental illness. We talk even about security of this country, there’s not the money that we need.”
Schumer’s called an early afternoon news conference with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and several other Democrats to push a $600 million emergency supplemental spending bill.

RYAN WANTS TO OFFSET ZIKA BILL. Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters Thursday that he is still examining ways to fund President Obama’s request for emergency funds to fight the Zika virus, according to the Morning Consult‘s Will Dobbs-Allsopp.

“We’re still waiting for the actual submission from the administration,” Ryan said. “We do anticipate some kind of bipartisan action.”
But he added that the money would need to come from somewhere else in the budget. “We offset emergency spending,” he said.