Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said on Friday that he will oppose the GOP tax plan, making him the only GOP senator currently expected to vote no.
Corker has long said he could vote against the bill if it hiked the deficit, and he reconfirmed to those concerns in his statement.
“This is yet another tough vote. I am disappointed. I wanted to get to yes. But at the end of the day, I am not able to cast aside my fiscal concerns and vote for legislation that I believe, based on the information I currently have, could deepen the debt burden on future generations,” Corker said in a statement.
He added that while he supports parts of the Senate legislation and believes it could be made more “fiscally sound … it is clear the caucus is in a different place.”
Corker’s decision won’t impact the fate of the Senate Republican legislation. Leadership secured 50 “yes” votes earlier Friday
, and GOP Sen. Susan Collins
(R-Maine), who had been the only other holdout, said she would support the bill.
He also left the door open to ultimately supporting the final compromise between House and Senate negotiators.
“As I shared with President Trump when I called him a short time ago, I will take a close look at the product developed in conference before making a decision on the final legislation,” he said.
Corker’s decision to vote against the legislation comes after days of closed-door meetings with leadership and other key senators to try to…Read More