Republicans Gain 2 Key Votes for Final Tax Bill

Rubio, Corker make passage of tax bill increasingly likely
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2017 3:55 PM CST
Republicans Gain 2 Key Votes for Final Tax Bill
Sen. Marco Rubio will vote for his party's $1.5 trillion tax bill after changes to the child tax credit.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

It now appears Republicans will have the votes to pass their major tax overhaul next week. USA Today reports Sen. Marco Rubio flipped to a "yes" on Friday a day after saying he wouldn't support the tax bill without an increase in the child tax credit. A senior aide tells Politico that GOP leaders increased the refundable portion of the credit from $1,100 to $1,400 to appease Rubio. Sen. Bob Corker also announced Friday he would support the bill. USA Today calls it a "major reversal" after Corker voted against the Senate version of the bill last week. Corker says America is "better off with" the bill even though it's "far from perfect." That leaves only Sen. Jeff Flake and Sen. Susan Collins as potential undecideds. Republicans can only afford to lose two votes in the Senate. A final draft of the GOP tax bill is expected to be released later Friday. (More tax reform stories.)

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