Rand Paul to vote for Senate GOP tax bill
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulBooker, Harris have missed most Senate votes Trump vetoes measure ending US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen Bottom line MORE (R-Ky.) said on Monday that he will vote for the Senate GOP tax plan and urged his colleagues to "step up" and back the measure.

"This tax bill is a true test for my colleagues. I’m not getting everything I want — far from it. ... I’ve fought for and received major changes for the better — and I plan to vote for this bill as it stands right now," Paul wrote in a Fox News op-ed.

He added that he urged his colleagues to support the bill and "I urge you, their constituents, to make sure they hear from you."


Senate Republicans are expected to vote on their tax plan this week.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFormer Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform Dem says marijuana banking bill will get House vote this spring MORE (R-Ky.) faces a narrow path to getting the bill through the chamber.

With a 52-seat majority, he can only afford to lose two GOP senators if every Democrat opposes the bill.

Paul's decision to support the tax plan comes after he was one of the largest hurdles for Senate GOP leadership during a debate over repealing and replacing ObamaCare earlier this year.

But he added in Monday's op-ed that while he would like the bill to include a larger tax cut, he is glad that leadership included a repeal of ObamaCare's individual mandate.

"I’m also pleased to note that, in part by my urging, the Senate tax-plan writers have included repeal of the ObamaCare individual mandate in the tax plan. ... I was pleased to work directly with President Trump to push this important change that lets us keep multiple promises in one bill," Paul wrote.

GOP leadership included the repeal of the mandate in an updated version of their bill released before the Thanksgiving recess, in a major victory for conservatives and the Trump administration.

But they are facing pressure from some GOP senators, including Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCollins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump GOP senator: 'No problem' with Mueller testifying The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? MORE (Maine) and Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranLive coverage: Barr faces Senate panel as he prepares release of Mueller report Hillicon Valley — Presented by CTIA and America's wireless industry — House panel approves bill restoring net neutrality | FTC asks for more help to police tech | Senate panel advances bill targeting illegal robocalls Senate panel advances bill penalizing illegal robocalls MORE (Kan.), to remove the provision.