Mitch McConnell: ‘We have the votes’

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    Telling reporters "we have the votes," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber after a closed-door meeting with Republican lawmakers to advance the stalled GOP overhaul of the tax code, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that he has enough votes to get the GOP’s $1.4 trillion-plus tax-cut plan across the finish line, as Republican holdouts gradually started to fall in line.

    “We have the votes,” Mr. McConnell said as he walked into the chamber.

    Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who had expressed concerns about the bill’s effects on federal deficits, announced Friday he’d back the bill after securing an agreement to work on a solution for young illegal immigrants in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

    Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Steve Daines of Montana are also supporting the package after winning additional concessions for small businesses. Those changes could be paid for by increasing the planned tax rates on money parked offshore and brought back to the U.S.

    While not expressly saying she’d vote yes, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine — another holdout — also said Friday she’s pleased that leadership has agreed to partially restore a property tax deduction, with a $10,000 cap, in the legislation.

    The property tax deduction had been among Mrs. Collins’ asks to gain her support for the bill, along with agreements for later votes on Obamacare cost-sharing subsidies and a measure she’s sponsoring that deals with high-risk insurance pools.