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Sen. Susan Collins Deal To Be Optimistic, It Will Be Done
Senator: consequences of the non-reach-deal outweigh the deadlock between the parties
The GOP-led Congress seems to have the far-reaching tax reform plan, and enough support for Senate passage — with the obvious support of several Republican senators, their nonsupport for the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare doomed the efforts this summer.
House and Senate negotiators agreed Friday on a compromise bill that provides significant tax cuts for corporations and the across-the-board cuts for people, with final votes in the respective chambers next week.
Among those who support the bill-a mixture of house and Senate versions — sen. Susan Collins.
The Maine Republican, said in this summer, with state-of the residents in the opinion that you measure yourself against the Obamacare overhaul, because of the Medicaid cuts were too deep, and because it does not go far enough to protect people with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or cancer.
But the four-term senator told The Washington Post that the support for the tax overhaul, the biggest in about three decades, in exchange for promises from the Trump administration and Senate leaders to more money in the health system.
“This bill is far from perfect. But after great thought and consideration, I believe that this once-in-a-generation opportunity for the U.S. companies in Germany is more productive and internationally competitive, we should not miss.”
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.
The final version is expected to pass the house in spite of some immediate opposition.
“The bill agreed to in conference today, makes some improvements,” said rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. “Unfortunately, the changes do not go far enough to guarantee that tax relief for the constituents in my district. … I’m not going to vote, to the incredible tax burden, which you bear already worse.”
However, Republicans’ 239-193 house majority, house Democrats should be enough to overcome, any party to the opposition.
The change will take effect in 2018, when Trump the bill of Dec. 31. But the taxpayers will not see the effects until the spring of 2019, when she gives your file 2018.
“I am pleased to announce that if Congress sends me a bill before Christmas, the IRS-this is just, this is breaking news — has just confirmed that the Americans will see lower taxes, starting in February,” Trump said on Wednesday. “Only two short months from now.”
Passage in the Senate was more of a challenge in the past week, as Democrats in the Alabama Senate seat left won open after Republican sen. Jeff Sessions and U.S. attorney General. The victory cut the GOP Senate majority, 51-49. (No congressional Democrat has voted for any version of the tax reform plan.)
The Senate, merged with the House version, passed in the upper chamber at the beginning of December with relative ease, with Sen. majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., very conscious of his support, and determined to avoid another setback like the failed Obamacare vote.
The measure passed 51-49, without a Vice President, Pence threw to a last decisive “Yes” votes.
Tennessee sen Bob Corker, who is often in conflict with President Trump, was the only Senate Republicans in opposition. However, he now seems willing to support the tax plan and the President win his first major legislative.
“This bill is far from perfect,” Corker said. “But after great thought and consideration, I believe that this once-in-a-generation opportunity for the U.S. companies in Germany is more productive and internationally competitive, we should not miss.”
The $1.46 trillion tax overhaul plan nearly broke up this week amid opposition by Sen. Marco Rubio. But the Florida Republicans yielded, after negotiators extended the tax credit, parents can claim on their children.
Collins, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona were the three GOP senators, the effective the chamber, sunk to repeal Obamacare-replace effort with McCain on the decisive no-vote.
McCain and fellow Republican sen. Thad Cochran in Mississippi voted earlier this month in favor of the Senate tax bill, but missed votes this week for health reasons.
The 81-year-old McCain to be treated in a Washington-area military hospital for the side effects of brain cancer treatment. And the 80-year-old Cochran had a non-melanoma lesion removed from his nose earlier this week
GOP leaders hope they will be available next week.
The Associated Press contributed to this support.