Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced Friday he has flipped to a “yes” vote on the GOP’s tax cuts bill, shortly after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he will also vote “yes.”
Corker had been the last remaining Republican holdout on the Senate’s initial tax bill, voicing concerns about the impact the bill will have on the deficit.
“I know every bill we consider is imperfect and the question becomes is our country better off with or without this piece of legislation. I think we are better off with it. I realize this is a bet on our country’s enterprising spirit, and that is a bet I am willing to make,” the Tennessee senator said in a statement.
See my statement on my support for tax reform legislation: pic.twitter.com/DoeoHLrXWn
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) December 15, 2017
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released the following statement after news broke of Corker’s flip:
The President greatly appreciates Senator Corker’s phone call and pledge to support tax cuts. He sees a great entrepreneurial spirit being released in our country and he is a part of that spirit. When these massive tax cuts and incentives kick in, jobs and growth will follow at a very high level.
Earlier on Friday, Rubio changed his vote to a “yes” after initially voicing concerns Thursday over reports the House-Senate deal would provide major tax cuts for wealthy Americans while not expanding tax credits for low-income families, which he previously proposed.
However, on Friday, Rubio tweeted his support:
For far too long, Washington has ignored and left behind the American working class. Increasing the refundability of the Child Tax Credit from 55% to 70% is a solid step toward broader reforms which are both Pro-Growth and Pro-Worker.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 15, 2017
Corker and Rubio’s flips all but assure Senate Republicans will be able to pass a sweeping tax reform bill ahead of the Christmas break.