It looks like President Trump’s dream of a “big, beautiful Christmas present” to America in the form of a tax cut may just become reality.
The Republican tax-cut bill gained significant momentum today…momentum so great that even the MSM was forced to admit that the finish line is in sight.
What’s more, the bill could be strengthening as Trump apparently charmed Sen. Susan Collins (R) with a compromise on health insurance rates and property-tax deductions.
The President called one meeting with GOP leaders “outstanding.”
More from The Hill:
Senate Republicans have significant momentum ahead of a possible vote this week on tax legislation following a meeting of their caucus with President Trump.
Trump has made clear he’s willing to deal with senators on their individual demands, and his offerings paid quick dividends Tuesday.
Within an hour of the Trump meeting, the Senate Budget Committee voted to advance the tax bill on a party-line vote.
Two Republicans who just a day prior had threatened to vote against the measure, Sens. Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.), voted in favor of it.
Separately, Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), long seen as the Republican most likely to vote against the tax bill, suggested that she could be won over after Trump voiced support for two bills, including a measure sponsored by her, that are meant to stabilize ObamaCare’s insurance markets.
Passage of those measures could persuade Collins, who is worried the tax bill’s inclusion of language eliminating ObamaCare’s insurance mandate could raise premiums.
“[Trump] said that he understood the need to have something to offset the premium increases and appeared very open” to signing the two bills into law, she said after a separate meeting with Trump.
Collins said her optimism on the bill is growing because of the feedback she’s received about her concerns on health care and other issues.
“I believe that a lot of my concerns, it appears, are going to be addressed and that I’m going to be given the opportunity to offer amendments on the Senate floor on these areas,” she said after the lunch.
Collins also made it clear that GOP leaders and members of the Senate Finance Committee are focused on winning her over.
“I think they’re eager to help me get to yes,” a smiling Collins told reporters.
The positive signals bode well for GOP hopes to pass the bill on the Senate floor by the end of the week.
“I think it’s going to pass,” said Trump, who called the meeting “outstanding.”
Republicans can afford just two defections if all Democrats vote against the bill, but it appeared Tuesday they were nearing their goal.
You’ll notice that the MSM is starting to focus more on the “looming shutdown” rather than the tax cut bill. That’s because they know it might have too much momentum to stop.
Lower taxes are on the way!