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With Rubio, Corker onboard, GOP finalizes huge tax package

MiamiHerald / Republicans solidified support for their major overhaul of the nation’s tax laws Friday, securing endorsements from wavering senators as they pushed to muscle their bill through Congress next week and give President Donald Trump his first major legislative victory.

Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Bob Corker of Tennessee announced Friday that they would back the bill, the most sweeping rewrite of the tax code in more than three decades. Their support all but ensures the package will pass the Senate.

A day earlier, a key faction of House Republicans came out in support of the bill, boosting its chances in that chamber.

“I’m confident we’ll have the votes,” said Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, one of the Republican negotiators on the bill.

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