Rand Paul to vote for Senate GOP tax bill
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Trump-Graham relationship tested by week of public sparring Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe 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."

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

Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Fox's Wallace says 'well-connected' Republican told him there's a 20 percent chance GOP will vote for impeachment White House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours 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 CollinsOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes MORE (Maine) and Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranMcConnell signaling Trump trial to be quick, if it happens Overnight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Furor over White House readout of Ukraine call | Dems seize on memo in impeachment push | Senate votes to end Trump emergency | Congress gets briefing on Iran Senate again votes to end Trump emergency declaration on border wall MORE (Kan.), to remove the provision.