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Senate Republicans advance tax bill toward vote later this week, but changes are still being made

Senate Republicans advance tax bill toward vote later this week, but changes are still being made

Senate Republicans pushed their tax plan past another key hurdle Wednesday, a show of momentum for President Trump’s top priority even as frantic negotiations with GOP holdouts made final passage uncertain.

A procedural vote, which passed 52 to 48, with all Republicans in favor and all Democrats opposed, marked an important milestone as the GOP-led Congress scrambled to deliver a significant accomplishment by the end of Trump’s first year in office.

It was the first time the plan had been considered by the full Senate. A final vote is likely by the end of the week.

Still the $1.5-trillion package remains in flux. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is...

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