Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks at a press confernce on urging the GOP To Slow Down Republican Tax Bill In Senate on December 13, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Republican leaders want to vote on final tax legislation by next week, in addition to they expect to develop the votes to pass the item from the House in addition to Senate once a final deal between the chambers can be reached. For months, the GOP has set the end of the year as its target for approving a tax proposal.
Waiting would certainly potentially shatter GOP hopes of approving tax cuts, a key policy goal in which lawmakers wish to promote ahead of next year’s midterm elections.
The Alabama secretary of State’s office says the item will not certify Tuesday’s election results until Dec. 27 at the earliest. in which means Jones likely will not get sworn in until next month.
Currently, Republicans hold 52 seats from the Senate. Under special budget rules being used to push through tax legislation, they can lose two party votes in addition to still pass the item having a simple majority, including a tiebreaking vote cast by Vice President Mike Pence.
If Jones took his Senate seat before the bill was passed, two Republican votes of opposition could sink the tax plan. The former federal prosecutor has signaled in which he would certainly not back the GOP plan, despite supporting corporate tax cuts.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., opposed the Senate’s type of the plan due to the estimated $1 trillion or more the item would certainly add to federal budget deficits over a decade. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has not committed to backing the final bill, either.
Schumer on Wednesday highlighted in which Republicans called for Senate Democrats to wait to carry out some Affordable Care Act votes until after special election winner Scott Brown of Massachusetts was seated. Schumer said then-Majority Leader Harry Reid pledged to do so.