GOP leaders can afford to lose no more than two votes. Here’s a look at some of the Republican holdouts who will decide the fate of the tax bill.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)
A quiet Christian former youth camp director who has watched his own state’s deficit struggles with lower taxes, Lankford is a key ally in Corker’s push for a trigger mechanism. Even though he rarely bucks leadership, Lankford has increasingly become an independent-minded senator.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
Flake was a debt-fighting conservative before the rise of the
Pass-throughs, including small business and high-paid professionals
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
A wealthy plastics company owner, Johnson wants more tax breaks for so-called pass-through businesses. That includes the mom-and-pop shops but also highly paid lawyers and professionals who file taxes as individuals, rather than corporations. One goal is to increase the deduction they take on their incomes from 17.4% to 20%. But his suggestions have been panned. Johnson surprised leaders earlier this year when he initially opposed the healthcare overhaul, but they think he eventually will come around on taxes.
Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.)
Another advocate for business pass-throughs, Daines joined Johnson in pushing for more tax breaks that put the individual filers on par with corporations at the new 20% rate. Leaders also doubt he will block the bill.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine)
The most centrist Republican in the Senate is also among the most seasoned negotiators. She went face to face earlier with President Trump over her opposition to repealing the
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Fighting cancer and hobbled by a foot injury, McCain is down but nowhere near out of the tax fight. The senator has opposed tax cuts that add to deficits before. McCain shocked Washington when he opposed the GOP Obamacare repeal earlier this year. McCain is no fan of Trump, but he’s not likely to oppose the tax bill to simply buck the president. He could vote against it because he doesn’t like it.
On Thursday, McCain announced his support for the tax bill, saying it was not perfect, but good enough to win his vote.
Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)
Hardly a headline-grabber, Moran pays close attention to constituents back home, as he did this summer when he stunned Washington as an unexpected critic of the ACA overhaul. Now Kansans, who have had an up-close view of the negative impact of sweeping tax cuts in their state, are pushing him to oppose the tax bill. A conservative, he is inclined to support tax cuts, but his vote is uncertain.
Nov. 30, 8:10 a.m.: This article was updated after McCain said he would support the bill.
This article was originally published at 1:35 p.m. Nov. 29.