Rubio Confirms: Voting ‘Yes’ on GOP Tax Bill

In the GOP’s race to have tax bill on the table before Christmas, they have decided to allow the child tax credit Rubio was demanding.

Yesterday, Washington Post first reported reported that Senator Marco Rubio claimed he would not vote in favor for the final tax bill if they did not expand the child tax credit. Without his vote, there was a very possible chance that the bill would not pass, and there would not have been a margin of error.

However, this is no longer a worry, as Republicans increased the amount of refundable child tax credit from $1,100 to $1,400.

Rubio has confirmed that he will now be voting “Yes” on the bill.

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The Hill reports: 

A spokeswoman for Rubio confirmed he will support the measure.

Rubio and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) have long been champions of expanding the child tax credit in an effort to provide more tax relief to lower- and middle-income families.

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) told reporters earlier on Friday that the maximum refundable amount of the credit will be $1,400 in the final tax bill, up from $1,100 in the Senate bill. With the credit amount set at $2,000, 70 percent would be refundable.

Rubio tweeted, “For far too long, Washington has ignored and left behind the American working class. Increasing the refundability of the Child Tax Credit from 55% to 70% is a solid step toward broader reforms which are both Pro-Growth and Pro-Worker.”

He added, “But there is still much more to do in the months and years to come. The progress made on the Child Tax Credit would not have been possible without the support of @SenMikeLee, @SenatorTimScott, and @IvankaTrump.”

Noem and other Republicans on a House-Senate tax conference committee signed the conference’s report Friday morning. The text of the final bill is expected to be released at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and the House and Senate are expected to vote on the measure next week.

Rubio’s “yes” vote boosts the prospects of getting the final bill to President Trump‘s desk before Christmas. A maximum of two Senate Republicans can vote against the bill, assuming all Democrats and independents are opposed, and it can still pass with Vice President Pence voting to break a tie.

Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.) was the only Republican to vote against the bill the Senate passed earlier this month, but said Friday he would vote for the final bill. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) both voted “yes” on the Senate bill but also haven’t said how they will vote next week.

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