Jeff Flake, one of President Donald Trump's loudest and most vociferous GOP critics, announced Friday he will support the Republican tax plan, providing the 50th vote needed, according to The Hill.
“Flake's decision officially gives Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) the 50 out of 52 GOP senators he needs to let Vice President Pence break a tie on the legislation,” per The Hill. “Republicans had to kick work on the tax plan into Friday when deficit hawks led by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) threatened to kill the bill during an unexpected floor showdown on Thursday evening.”
Corker and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), also strong critics of the president's, have not revealed how they will vote on the legislation yet.
Flake noted he was able to rid the bill of an $85 billion “budget gimmick,” and negotiated an agreement to work on legislation for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, according to The Hill.
The Trump administration announced its intent to end the DACA program in September.
Some Democrats have threatened any government spending bill without a deal on DACA. Flake's efforts in negotiations along with his vote could be instrumental in the bill's passage.
If the bill does pass, it will be President Trump's largest legislative victory to date.