GOP Tax Bill Hinges on the Decision of Susan Collins

The GOP’s tax bill is hanging by a thread, and its fate is to be determined by the swing vote of Senator Susan Collins.

Personally I am not a fan of Collins. She is a RINO (Republican In Name Only) and often votes against the best interests of the party. For example, she voted against the healthcare repeal and replace.

The Senator said on Friday that she has not decided where she stands on the legislation. Collins said, “I have not made that announcement or that decision.”

I suspect she may vote in favor of the bill though, considering her other RINO buddies, like John McCain, also voted yes.

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Collins added, “We’re making very good progress.”

The Hill reports: 

The GOP needs 50 votes to pass the bill, with Vice President Pence breaking a time. Forty-nine GOP senators are believed to be on board, but two deficit hawks, Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), are withholding their support pending their demand that the overall size of the package be reduced by $350 billion to $400 billion.

Therefore, if Collins votes yes then her vote would be the straw to pass the bill. If she votes no, they do not meet that minimum vote and the bill is dead.

Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) announced moments before Collins’s comments  that they had the 50 votes needed to pass tax reform.

“I believe so,” Cornyn said.

Collins has been pressing for a provision that would allow taxpayers to deduct up to $10,000 in property taxes from their tax bills. She also wants passage of two bills aimed at stabilizing health insurance markets, in part because the tax bill would eliminate ObamaCare’s individual mandate, which could raise premiums.

What do you think about the tax reform? Should it be passed or not? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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