Ad encourages GOP senator to vote 'no' on tax bill

Ad encourages GOP senator to vote 'no' on tax bill

A liberal group has launched an advertisement in Maine encouraging Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTransit funding, broadband holding up infrastructure deal The Hill's Morning Report - Infrastructure vote fails; partisan feud erupts over Jan. 6 panel Senate falling behind on infrastructure MORE (R-Maine) to vote against Senate Republicans' tax-reform proposal. 

NBC News reported that the group, Not One Penny, began airing its first ad in Maine on Saturday. It will be the first in a series of ads by the group to air in a number of states. 

Collins, a moderate Republican who has bucked her party in other high-profile votes this year, has already voiced misgivings about the Senate GOP's current plan to overhaul the tax code, particularly a provision in the bill that would do away with the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate requiring Americans to purchase health insurance.

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She has said she believes that the bill should not combine tax policy with health-care policy, and that by repealing the individual mandate, lawmakers could cause premiums to skyrocket. 

The measure cleared a party-line vote in the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday — the same day that House Republicans approved their version of the tax-reform legislation.

The Senate bill would make tax cuts outlined in the House measure temporary, and would delay proposed corporate tax rate cuts for one year.

Republicans hold a 52-seat majority in the Senate, meaning they can only afford two GOP defections in order to pass it. Already, Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe Democrats question GOP shift on vaccines The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi considers adding GOP voices to Jan. 6 panel MORE (R-Wis.) has indicated that he will not support the current version of the bill, and several others, including Collins, have voiced concerns about the measure.

Collins joined Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' Democrats seek to counter GOP attacks on gas prices Biden nominates Jeff Flake as ambassador to Turkey MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiWhy Biden's Interior Department isn't shutting down oil and gas Biden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor MORE (R-Alaska) earlier this year in voting against a slimmed-down ObamaCare repeal measure, bucking party lines and dealing a blow to the GOP's efforts to do away with the health-care law.