Author and commentator Ann Coulter tweeted a condemnation of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Rubio has demanded that the final form of the tax bill being considered by fellow Republicans should offer an increase in the child tax credit. Coulter accused the senator of wanting single people to subsidize “happy families.”

“We singles live empty lives of quiet desperation and will die alone,” Coulter tweeted. “Now Rubio is demanding that we also fund happy families with children who fill their days with joy.”

On Thursday, Rubio said that he could not vote for the tax bill in its current form. Referring to the tax credit, Rubio told reporters, "Right now it's only $1,100. It needs to be higher than that," adding, "I understand that this is a process of give and take, especially when there's only a couple of us fighting for it."

Rubio went on to say, "Given all the other changes they've made in the tax code leading into it, I can't in good conscience support it unless we are able to increase the refundable portion of it."

Later, a staffer for Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said  that Lee is likewise opposed. Lee and Rubio cooperated on an expansion of the child tax credit.

On Friday, Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) told reporters that the tax bill would increase the tax credit to $1,400, in an apparent concession to Rubio. By earlier afternoon, Rubio appeared to be agnostic about the change. In a series of tweets, Rubio wrote that child tax credits need to be “meaningfully higher” for families that earn between $20,000 and $50,000 a year. Rubio voted for an earlier version of the tax bill that Republicans passed through the Senate, 51 to 49.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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