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.
After securing significant changes, as well as commitments to pass legislation to help lower health insurance premiums, I will cast my vote in support of the Senate tax reform bill. (1/2) https://t.co/NhwtmYm22E— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) December 1, 2017
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.”
My statement on the tax reform legislation: pic.twitter.com/LdTQRezdlO— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) December 1, 2017
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.