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McConnell on tax reform: 'we have the votes'
As Dan told you earlier, John Cornyn has already signaled that Republicans probably have the 50 votes needed to pass the Senate tax reform bill. Now it looks like Mitch McConnell is saying the same thing. From NBC News Producer Frank Thorp:
BREAKING: McConnell walks onto the floor and tells reporters: “We have the votes.”— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) December 1, 2017
Orrin Hatch has also chimed in, saying Senate Repubs are "confident" they have the 50 votes and are currently trying to get more.
Earlier we'd heard that Bob Corker and Jeff Flake were still poised to cause trouble but, since then, Flake has come on board. He's promised to vote for tax reform, though immigration hawks may not like the price.
Flake signs on to tax bill partly in exchange for pledge by Senate GOP leadership and Truml administration “to work with me on a growth-oriented legislative solution to enact fair and permanent protections for DACA recipients.” 1/— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 1, 2017
Precisely what that means is anyone's guess, though there's some indication that Flake has been promised a DACA solution sometime in March. At this point, most people are willing to get tax reform done and cross that bridge when we come to it.
As Dan reported earlier, the vote is still supposed to occur sometime this afternoon.
That feeling when the Senate has the votes on tax reform AND it’s a Friday... pic.twitter.com/hOJKj1Ux50— Matt Gorman (@mattsgorman) December 1, 2017