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The Senate moves closer to passing its tax bill; North Korea launches a missile; Time Inc. has a new owner.
So the tax bill might actually be a thing
- The Republican tax plan took another step forward on Tuesday, when the Senate Budget Committee advanced the tax cut bill along a 12-11 party-line vote, clearing the way for the full Senate to vote on the bill. [Politico / Seung Min Kim, Bernie Becker, and Colin Wilhelm]
- GOP senators who had previously expressed hesitation about the bill, including Maine’s Susan Collins and Tennessee’s Bob Corker, sounded more optimistic about the legislation. Corker, who sits on the Budget Committee, voted to advance the bill, as did Sen. Ron Johnson from Wisconsin, who has also voiced complaints about it. [Wall Street Journal / Richard Rubin and Kristina Peterson]
- The bill is still a massive cut for corporations and the wealthy, two policy moves that are overall very unpopular. But Republicans really, really need a political win. [Vox / Dylan Scott]
- The White House in a statement said that President Trump “applauds” Tuesday’s vote and “looks forward to providing tax cuts for hardworking Americans by the end of the year.” The scenario in the Senate looks brighter than before, but the bill still isn’t guaranteed to pass. [Vox / Dylan Scott and Tara Golshan]
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