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GOP tax bill picks up new endorsements from Republican holdouts

The GOP tax bill picked up support from two more senators Monday and resumed its lurch toward passage this week, despite last-minute concerns when another key senator raised questions that seemed to put his support in doubt.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, two holdouts whose votes were likely but uncertain, offered strong endorsement for the package.

But Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who was the sole GOP vote against the original Senate bill and then endorsed the final package only last week, expressed concerns over the weekend about a provision that would provide tax breaks for real estate developers.

Critics were quick to note that many lawmakers with sizable real estate holdings, including Corker, as well as President Trump, would personally benefit from the provision. Corker spent the weekend fending off attacks that he had traded his vote.


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