Senator predicts Congress will wrap up tax work in two weeks

Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerMcConnell reelected as leader, Thune promoted to whip Senate GOP readies for leadership reshuffle GOP's Wicker reelected in Mississippi Senate race MORE (R-Miss.) is confident that Congress will finish up its work on tax reform in the next two weeks, keeping with the Republican goal of passing the sweeping legislation before Christmas.

"The good news is that we are well on our way to a pretty quick conference with the House of Representatives on wrapping up this tax relief," Wicker told radio host John Catsimatidis after the massive GOP bill narrowly passed the Senate early Saturday morning.

"I'm very hopeful we can get this wrapped up in the next 10 days or so," Wicker said. 


There are only eight days with both the House and Senate in session left on the legislative calendar, during which the two chambers will conference to work out the differences between their versions of the bill, a historically slow process. 

President Trump tweeted shortly after the floor vote praising Senate GOP leadership for pushing the bill through and said he's "[Looking] forward to signing a final bill before Christmas!"

Wicker said that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyJordan on leadership loss: 'We knew it was an uphill fight' McCarthy defeats Jordan for minority leader in 159-to-43 vote The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Leadership elections in Congress | Freshman lawmakers arrive | Trump argues he can restrict reporter access MORE (R-Calif.) informed him he plans to hold a vote Monday on beginning the conference. 

The Mississippi Republican, who strongly advocated the bill's tax cuts to middle-income families in his home state, said the bill will spur the economy and pointed to strong numbers in the stock market.

"All in all, I think the economy is going to feel a great shot in the arm almost immediately," he said. "Now we're going to be competitive across the globe again."