Senate GOP Tax Plan Hits Deficit Snag, Leaving Leaders Scrambling

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From left, Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, Senator Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, Senator Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, and Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, speak before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. President Trump could attempt to contain the criticism from retiring Republicans by moderating his tone and laying off individual attacks on members. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call via AP)

Reprinted from The Washington Post by Erica WernerMike DeBonis and Damian Paletta on November 30, 2017.

The Republican plan for a massive tax overhaul slammed into late-stage drama on Thursday as party leaders scrambled to prevent several members from derailing the entire effort.

“Honestly, a lot of things are being discussed,” said Senator John Cornyn (Texas), the Senate’s second-ranking Republican.

The tension played out during a tense 62-minute standoff on the Senate floor, as Senators Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), and Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) refused to vote with their colleagues until they had assurances that more changes could be made to the bill. …

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