As Robert and Jibran have noted, after McCain’s “yes” was a sign of momentum yesterday, the tax bill hit major turbulence. In early morning action, the leadership has taken care of the Steve Daines problem at least:
.@SteveDaines says he won agreement to increase deduction for pass-through businesses to 23 percent.— Ylan Q. Mui (@ylanmui) December 1, 2017
There’s still the Bob Corker deficit-trigger problem, since the parliamentarian says Senate Republicans can’t use this particular gimmick to buy off the Tennessee Republican.
Update: Ron Johnson is a “yes,” too:
.@SenRonJohnson is a YES on the Senate tax proposal. Another very big get for leaders – and gives them space as they try and figure out the Corker/Flake solution— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) December 1, 2017
This gets them to the cusp. Collins, Corker, and Flake are still not on board, but they they only need to get one.