Senate Republicans have just passed an historic milestone, giving President Donald Trump a major legislative victory.
According to CBS News, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Friday that Senate Republicans had secured enough votes to pass the GOP’s major tax reform bill.
“We have the votes,” McConnell reportedly told reporters when he left the Senate floor after holding a meeting behind closed doors with members of the conference.
As noted by The Daily Beast, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn also told reporters on Friday that Republicans had secured enough votes to pass the historic tax overhaul.
“We’re confident in the 50 and we’d like to build on that,” the Texas Republican told reporters.
Republicans hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate, meaning they can only afford to have two defectors.
In the case of a 50-50 tie, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote.
Prior to the announcement, Republicans primarily worried that Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake would stand in the way of the overhaul’s passage.
Flake said he agreed to support the bill providing sweeping tax breaks for hard-working Americans in exchange for Congress agreeing to find a legislative solution to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and the elimination of what he said was an $85 billion “expensing budget gimmick” in the bill.
“Having secured both of those objectives, I am pleased to announce I will vote in support the tax reform bill,” he said.
CNBC reported on Thursday that McCain signaled he would vote “yes” on the tax bill, giving Republicans a major boost in momentum to get the measure across the finish line for the American people.
McCain’s role in killing the repeal of Obamacare over the summer had to give liberals some hope he would stop his party again, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.
While the Senate is ironing out some last-minute minor details, it’s pretty clear that this bill is going to make it to Trump’s desk for signature before too long.
And every one of those goals is part of the Trump agenda: Make America Great Again.
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