McCain committed to 'bipartisan approach' on tax reform

McCain committed to 'bipartisan approach' on tax reform
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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump's dangerous Guantánamo fixation will fuel fire for terrorists Tech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Ad encourages GOP senator to vote 'no' on tax bill MORE (R-Ariz.) is calling for a bipartisan approach to tax reform.

“We need to do it in a bipartisan fashion,” McCain said, according to Bloomberg. “I am committed, as I’ve said before, to a bipartisan approach, such as we’ve been doing in the Armed Services Committee for the last 53 years." 

McCain made similar remarks during the Republican push to repeal ObamaCare.

After voting in July to allow Republicans to move forward on a bill that would repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, McCain delivered a speech in which he called for a "return to regular order" and more bipartisanship.

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Days later, he bucked his party when he voted against a "skinny" repeal measure, arguing that the bill was rushed and lacked bipartisan support. 

McCain similarly opposed the GOP's latest repeal bill, saying Friday he could not vote for the measure authored by Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamAlabama election has GOP racing against the clock Graham on Moore: 'We are about to give away a seat' key to Trump's agenda Tax plans show Congress putting donors over voters MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTrump met Senate Republicans on ObamaCare fix Senate GOP tax bill will include repeal of ObamaCare mandate Alabama GOP chair warns party officials against write-in campaign MORE (R-La.).

That bill effectively died on Tuesday after it became clear it did not have enough votes to pass. 

Now, as many Republicans turn their sights to tax reform, GOP leaders are hoping to use the same fast-track process they tried to use on health care. That procedure requires only 51 votes in the Senate, as opposed to a filibuster-proof 60, allowing Republicans the opportunity to pass tax legislation without any Democratic support.

President Trump is set to unveil the framework of a tax proposal developed by administration officials and Republican congressional leaders.

Democrats, however, are unlikely to support the plan, which reportedly calls for lowering the top individual tax rate.