Remaining GOP Tax Bill Holdout To Vote ‘Yes’

Robert Donachie | Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said Friday that he will give a thumbs up to the tax bill coming out of conference this week, a move that is likely to give the bill the Senate GOP’s full support.

“I have decided to support the tax reform package we will vote on next week,” Corker said in a statement. “This bill is far from perfect, and left to my own accord, we would have reached bipartisan consensus on legislation that avoided any chance of adding to the deficit and far less would have been done on the individual side with items that do not generate economic growth.”

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Corker was the only Republican senator to vote against the Senate’s tax reform bill, which passed in early December in a contentious 51-49 vote.

“But after great thought and consideration, I believe that this once-in-a-generation opportunity to make U.S. businesses domestically more productive and internationally more competitive is one we should not miss,” the senator said.

Representatives of the House and Senate finalized the bill Friday and are expected to release the full text late Friday afternoon.

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