GOP changes child tax credit in bid to win Rubio's vote

GOP changes child tax credit in bid to win Rubio's vote
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The final Republican tax bill will increase the amount of the refundable child tax credit to $1,400, Rep. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemSix takeaways from 2018's Super Tuesday Overnight Finance: Congress struggles to strike funding deal as deadline nears | Immigration, ObamaCare, Gateway project divide lawmakers | FTC to probe Facebook | Mnuchin plays hardball on tariffs White House signals commitment to push for expanded online sales tax collections MORE (R-S.D.) told reporters Friday, as leaders seek to win the vote of Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate rejects effort to boost Congress's national security oversight The Memo: Summit gives Trump political boost — with risks The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump, Kim make history with summit MORE (R-Fla.).

The refundable amount was $1,100 in the Senate-passed tax bill, but Rubio on Thursday said that wasn't good enough. He has threatened to vote against the bill unless the refundable amount of the credit is increased.

It's unclear whether the change will be enough to satisfy him.

A spokeswoman for Rubio said they had not yet seen the text of the bill, but warned that unless the percentage of the refundable credit is significantly higher, Rubio's position would remain the same.

"Can only support bill if % of the 2K #ChildTaxCredit available to #workingclass parents is increased to % meaningfully higher than 55%," Rubio tweeted Friday morning.

Members of the House-Senate conference committee are gathering Friday morning to decide whether to sign onto the conference report on the tax bill.

The text of the compromise legislation is expected to be released later Friday.