Senate tax bill officially has votes to pass
Holdout Senator Jeff Flake announces support
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell now has the 50 votes he needs to pass the Republican tax bill, which will go the floor for a vote as soon as today.
“We have the votes,” McConnell was quoted by The Hill as telling reporters Friday.
One of the last three Republican Senators to holdout publicly supporting the bill, Jeff Flake of Arizona, finally announced he would be a “yes” in a statement Friday.
That leaves only two Senators who have yet to say how they will vote, but their votes are no longer needed for the bill to pass with a tiebreaking vote from Vice President Pence.
Upon passage in the Senate, the bill would then need to be reconciled in committee with the House version, though the House could simply decide to vote up or down on the Senate bill.