Susan Collins Declares Support for Tax Bill but Bob Corker Remains Opposed, Citing Deficit

by Jibran Khan

Susan Collins issued a statement declaring her support for the Senate tax bill. With Collins’s support, the Senate GOP no longer needs a tie-breaker vote from the Vice President to pass the bill.

The Maine senator agreed to support the bill after her amendments regarding state and local property tax deduction, unreimbursed health care cost deduction, and catch-up contributions were integrated into the bill. In addition, she secured a commitment by the Majority Leader to support the Alexander-Murray bill as well as to (along with Paul Ryan) pledge that there will be no Medicare cuts.

Bob Corker remains opposed to the bill, issuing a statement a few minutes ago stating “I am not able to cast aside my fiscal concerns and vote for legislation that I believe, based on the information I currently have, could deepen the debt burden on future generations.”

The Senate was to make an overture to fiscal conservatives and pull back some of the deficits, as I reported last night, but Ted Cruz and his allies blocked the measure.

Unless anything changes last minute, the Senate tax plan will pass.


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