Marco Rubio said in a statement today that he will vote “no” on the Trump tax reform bill unless the child tax credit is raised.
Rubio feels that the tax credit is currently set too low at just over $1000 per child.
“Sen. Rubio has consistently communicated to the Senate tax negotiators that his vote on final passage would depend on whether the refundability of the Child Tax Credit was increased in a meaningful way,” said the statement.
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More from The Hill:
If Rubio votes against the bill, Republicans can only lose one other lawmaker if they hope to pass the final bill that emerges from a House-Senate conference.
Rubio, speaking to reporters at the Capitol, did not give a number for how much the credit must be increased to win his vote, saying it “certainly has to be higher than it is now.”
Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Senate-House conference, said negotiators are confident they’ll be able to bring Rubio back onboard.
“We’re still working with him and expect to satisfy his concerns,” Cornyn told reporters.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) previously voted against the Senate tax bill because it would add $1.5 billion to the deficit, and no Democrats support it.
Corker has not ruled out voting for the final conference report, though he suggested his concerns have not changed.
“The issues I had before are still there,” he said.
A spokesman for Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who worked with Rubio on a previously proposed child tax credit expansion, told The Hill the senator is undecided on voting for the bill in its current form.
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