Ad encourages GOP senator to vote 'no' on tax bill

Ad encourages GOP senator to vote 'no' on tax bill

A liberal group has launched an advertisement in Maine encouraging Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 MORE (R-Maine) to vote against Senate Republicans' tax-reform proposal. 

NBC News reported that the group, Not One Penny, began airing its first ad in Maine on Saturday. It will be the first in a series of ads by the group to air in a number of states. 

Collins, a moderate Republican who has bucked her party in other high-profile votes this year, has already voiced misgivings about the Senate GOP's current plan to overhaul the tax code, particularly a provision in the bill that would do away with the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate requiring Americans to purchase health insurance.

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She has said she believes that the bill should not combine tax policy with health-care policy, and that by repealing the individual mandate, lawmakers could cause premiums to skyrocket. 

The measure cleared a party-line vote in the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday — the same day that House Republicans approved their version of the tax-reform legislation.

The Senate bill would make tax cuts outlined in the House measure temporary, and would delay proposed corporate tax rate cuts for one year.

Republicans hold a 52-seat majority in the Senate, meaning they can only afford two GOP defections in order to pass it. Already, Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonJuan Williams: Putin wins as GOP spins GOP senator: Harley-Davidson is right to move some production overseas GOP senator: Trump’s policies doing 'permanent damage' MORE (R-Wis.) has indicated that he will not support the current version of the bill, and several others, including Collins, have voiced concerns about the measure.

Collins joined Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit NY Daily News cover following Helsinki summit shows Trump shooting Uncle Sam MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick McConnell: Senate to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct. 1 MORE (R-Alaska) earlier this year in voting against a slimmed-down ObamaCare repeal measure, bucking party lines and dealing a blow to the GOP's efforts to do away with the health-care law.