This is a major development on Capitol Hill, to put it mildly:
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says she may change her vote on the GOP tax overhaul if her amendments are not included in the final measure.
She tells (Bangor, Maine-based) WABI-TV she won’t make a final decision until she sees what comes out of a conference committee.
Collins joined the majority in a 51-49 vote, after her amendments on property tax and medical expense deductions were included. She says she also secured a promise from House and Senate leaders to remove the threat of a 4 percent cut to Medicare.
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If Collins were to flip against the Donald Trump/Paul Ryan/Mitch McConnell tax scam bill that is currently before a Congressional conference committee, that would mean that the GOP would only have 50 votes in favor of their tax scam bill, but that’s if the Alabama U.S. Senate seat that is up for a special election on Tuesday stays in GOP hands. That means that the Alabama special election could decide the fate of the Republicans’ tax scam bill. If Susan Collins flips to the negative on the tax scam bill and child-molesting fascist Roy Moore wins in Alabama, Moore would be the 50th vote for the GOP tax scam, allowing Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie in favor of the GOP tax scam. However, if Susan Collins flips to the negative on the tax scam bill and Doug Jones, the former federal prosecutor who had the courage to prosecute far-right terrorists like the Klansmen who bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church, wins Alabama’s Senate special election on Tuesday, then Jones would be the 51st vote against the GOP tax scam!
Alabamians could save Alabama and America from massive wealth redistribution from poor and middle-class people to the wealthiest 1% of Americans, tax increases on those who can’t afford tax increases, and drastic cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The Republican tax scam bill is awful for Alabamians and awful for all Americans, and Alabamians are going to have a unique opportunity to potentially derail the Republican tax scam bill by voting for Doug Jones on December 12.