Just hours after Marco Rubio threatened to “vote no” on the GOP tax legislation unless Senate leadership drastically increased the child tax credit, the Florida lawmaker now says he plans to “vote yes” on the Republican effort to update the nation’s overly complicated tax system.
According to Fox Business, sources say Rubio will now fully support the Senate tax plan slowly making its way through Congress. It remains unclear if the one-time Presidential hopeful received his demands from McConnell and other GOP leaders, or if he was pressured to support the bill as is.
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“We don’t know if [Rubio] got what he wanted until they release the bill publicly, and we’re not expected to see the actual public release of the bill until around 4:30 this afternoon,” reports Fox Business. “Yesterday, when Senator Rubio and Senator Lee were pushing to get an increase in the refundable portion of the tax credit for people who don’t have any tax liability… A source told us that Senator Rubio will get what he wants, he’ll be a ‘yes vote,’ when this is all said and done.”
Mitch McConnell and the GOP leadership in the Senate and the House of Representatives are pushing the revised tax legislation through Congress as quickly as possible, hoping to pass the bill before the Christmas recess.
Adding more fuel to the fire is recently elected Democrat Doug Jones, who will slice the GOP’s razor-thin majority even further, reducing the margins to 51-49 after he is sworn in as the Senator from Alabama.