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 FlakeFlake donates to Democratic sheriff being challenged by Arpaio in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says US-China trade talks to resume, hails potential trade with Japan, UK Joe Arpaio to run for Maricopa County sheriff in 2020  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." 


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

Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordElection security funds passed by Senate seen as welcome first step Senate committee approves 0 million for state election security efforts Democrats press for action on election security 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 McCainAmerica's newest comedy troupe: House GOP Michelle Malkin knocks Cokie Roberts shortly after her death: 'One of the first guilty culprits of fake news' Arizona Democratic Party will hold vote to censure Sinema MORE (Ariz.) and Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' 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 RubioTrump faces difficult balancing act with reelection campaign Republicans wary of US action on Iran California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE (R-Fla.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeZuckerberg woos Washington critics during visit Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers to discuss 'future internet regulation' Hillicon Valley: Election security looms over funding talks | Antitrust enforcers in turf war | Facebook details new oversight board | Apple fights EU tax bill 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.