Senate passes GOP tax bill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Orrin Hatch led the work on the tax bill. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP
The Senate passed its version of the GOP tax plan shortly before 2 am Saturday morning on a narrow, mostly party-line vote of 51-49. Bob Corker was the only Republican to vote against it (here's why). The final bill — released online around 9:30 pm Friday — included hundreds of billions of dollars of changes designed to win over holdouts like Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, Ron Johnson, and Steve Daines.
What to expect: This vote is a done deal now, but the final version of what might be America's next tax code isn't. The Senate will still have to negotiate a final version with the House, but even though there will be critical details to be worked out, it's hard to see the bill falling apart after it's gotten this far.