Two Republican Senators say they could vote against the tax package at a Senate Budget Committee hearing Tuesday. Jonah Green reports.
President Trump's drive to overhaul the tax code headed toward a new drama on Tuesday in the Senate, where a pair of Republican lawmakers demanded changes to the party's tax bill in exchange for their help in moving the measure forward. Trump was due to lobby Republicans at their weekly policy lunch on capitol hill, with the Senate poised for a possible vote on as early as Thursday. The president has called on Republicans to deliver a tax bill to his desk before Christmas. But a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Tuesday, which GOP leaders hoped would send the bill to a full vote, has become a potential hurdle with Republicans Ron Johnson and Bob Corker saying they may vote against the measure. Their opposition could be the first major obstacle for the tax overhaul in the Senate, where political infighting killed the party's effort to overturn the Obamacare healthcare law earlier this year. Both lawmakers say they're ready to back the tax cut package if their separate concerns are satisfied.