McCain committed to 'bipartisan approach' on tax reform

McCain committed to 'bipartisan approach' on tax reform
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Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainUpcoming Kavanaugh hearing: Truth or consequences How the Trump tax law passed: Dealing with a health care hangover Kavanaugh’s fate rests with Sen. Collins MORE (R-Ariz.) is calling for a bipartisan approach to tax reform.

“We need to do it in a bipartisan fashion,” McCain said, according to Bloomberg. “I am committed, as I’ve said before, to a bipartisan approach, such as we’ve been doing in the Armed Services Committee for the last 53 years." 

McCain made similar remarks during the Republican push to repeal ObamaCare.

After voting in July to allow Republicans to move forward on a bill that would repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, McCain delivered a speech in which he called for a "return to regular order" and more bipartisanship.

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Days later, he bucked his party when he voted against a "skinny" repeal measure, arguing that the bill was rushed and lacked bipartisan support. 

McCain similarly opposed the GOP's latest repeal bill, saying Friday he could not vote for the measure authored by Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP divide in Congress over Rosenstein's future Sanders: Kavanaugh accusers 'have risked their lives to come forward' Rosenstein fiasco raises the stakes in midterms for DOJ’s future MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyOvernight Health Care: Bill banning 'gag clauses' on drugs heads to Trump's desk | Romney opposes Utah Medicaid expansion | GOP candidate under fire over ad on pre-existing conditions Overnight Health Care: GOP plays defense over pre-existing conditions | Groups furious over new Trump immigration proposal | Public health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Overnight Health Care: Opioids package nears finish line | Measure to help drug companies draws ire | Maryland ObamaCare rates to drop MORE (R-La.).

That bill effectively died on Tuesday after it became clear it did not have enough votes to pass. 

Now, as many Republicans turn their sights to tax reform, GOP leaders are hoping to use the same fast-track process they tried to use on health care. That procedure requires only 51 votes in the Senate, as opposed to a filibuster-proof 60, allowing Republicans the opportunity to pass tax legislation without any Democratic support.

President Trump is set to unveil the framework of a tax proposal developed by administration officials and Republican congressional leaders.

Democrats, however, are unlikely to support the plan, which reportedly calls for lowering the top individual tax rate.