Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced Monday on the Senate floor that she will vote for the GOP tax bill, giving Republicans enough votes to pass the legislation.
“I rise to express my support for the conference agreement on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. … This legislation will provide tax relief to working families, encourage the creation of jobs right here in America and spur economic growth that will benefit all Americans,” Collins said.
“Most Maine households will see their taxes go down,” she added.
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Collins supported the Senate’s version after getting her amendments included in the bill, as well as a promise from Senate GOP leadership to pass the bills aimed at stabilizing the individual health insurance market under ObamaCare.
Several amendments that Collins offered were incorporated into the bill, including the restoration of a $10,000 deduction for state and local property taxes and a lower threshold for deducting medical expenses.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will miss the final vote on his party’s bill after returning to Arizona early for the holidays and after being hospitalized for side effects of his brain cancer treatment.
Senate Republicans can only afford to lose one vote due to McCain’s absence.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who supported the Senate bill, hasn’t said if he will vote for the bill.
The Senate is expected to vote on the bill on Wednesday, but could vote on it as soon as Tuesday evening.