GOP senators raise concerns over tax plan
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GOP senators are quickly raising concerns about the Senate GOP tax plan hours after being briefed on the details of the proposal.

GOP Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOn The Money: Treasury official charged with leaking info on ex-Trump advisers | Trump to seek 5 percent budget cut from Cabinet members | Mnuchin to decide by Thursday on attending Saudi conference Mnuchin to decide by Thursday whether to attend Saudi conference GOP senator: Not 'appropriate' for Mnuchin to go to Saudi conference MORE (R-Ariz.), who is retiring after 2018, issued a warning shot over the debt, saying he remains concerned about by Republicans' tax proposals, appearing to refer to both the House and Senate plans.

"I remain concerned over how the current tax reform proposals will grow the already staggering national debt by opting for short-term fixes while ignoring long-term problems for taxpayers and the economy," Flake said in a statement. 

He added that lawmakers "must achieve real tax reform crafted in a fiscally responsible manner" and he would work on the Senate floor "to deliver on that goal." 

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Flake isn't the only GOP senator who has raised concerns about the debt ahead of the tax debate. 

Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordCollusion judgment looms for key Senate panel GOP loads up lame-duck agenda as House control teeters The Hill's Morning Report — Kavanaugh, Ford saga approaches bitter end MORE (R-Okla.), while touting the tax-reform effort, said on Thursday that lawmakers couldn't "lose sight of our responsibilities to protect the nation, provide basic government services, and confront our federal debt.”

GOP Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcConnell: GOP could try to repeal ObamaCare again after midterms Comey donates maximum amount to Democratic challenger in Virginia House race Live coverage: McSally clashes with Sinema in Arizona Senate debate MORE (Ariz.) and Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerCorker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing GOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Poll: GOP's Blackburn holds slim lead in Tennessee Senate race MORE (Tenn.) have raised similar concerns, with Corker pledging that he won't support "one penny’s worth of deficits.”

The Senate plan allows for adding up to $1.5 trillion to the debt over 10 years. 

Senate Finance Committee aides told The Washington Post that they would need to make adjustments to the legislation because it doesn't currently meet the requirement that it not add to the debt after 10 years.

Meanwhile, Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia On The Money: Treasury official charged with leaking info on ex-Trump advisers | Trump to seek 5 percent budget cut from Cabinet members | Mnuchin to decide by Thursday on attending Saudi conference Mnuchin to decide by Thursday whether to attend Saudi conference MORE (R-Fla.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenators pledge action on Saudi journalist’s disappearance Bernie Sanders: US should pull out of war in Yemen if Saudis killed journalist Senators warn Trump that Saudi relationship is on the line MORE (R-Utah) said the $1,650 child tax credit included in the Senate plan didn't cut it.

"While we are glad to see an increase to the child tax credit, like the House bill, it is simply not enough for working families," they said. 

The two senators added that they want to double the current tax credit to $2,000 per child. 

"The Senate is not going to pass a bill that isn’t clearly pro-family, so we look forward to working with our colleagues to get there," Rubio and Lee said. 

The Senate's $1,650 credit is a $50 increase over the House tax plan, which includes a $1,600 credit. 

Republicans have a narrow path to getting a tax plan through the Senate.

With a 52-seat majority, if every Democratic senator votes no, they can only afford to lose two GOP senators and still have Vice President Pence cast a tiebreaking vote. 

That gives leverage to any three senators to demand changes or potentially kill legislation they don't support. 

The Senate Finance Committee is expected to start its work on the tax plan next week, with a full Senate vote likely after the week-long Thanksgiving break.