The Senate Budget Committee on Tuesday advanced the Senate GOP tax reform bill to a full vote in the upper chamber.
The legislation was approved by a party-line vote of 12-11, with Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) voting for the measure after previously leaving the door open to voting against it.
Monday evening, the two Republican senators had threatened to block the bill in committee if their concerns weren’t addressed before then, expressing concerns about the impact on the debt and that the bill doesn’t do enough to help small and medium-sized businesses.
However, they ultimately decided to vote in favor of bill after a meeting with President Trump.
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Corker told reporters that he has an “outline of an agreement” with the Senate Finance Committee and leadership on a backstop in the event that the bill does not produce as much economic growth as expected.
The Budget Committee combined the tax bill with a measure that allows drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.