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 CollinsAnalysis finds record high number of woman versus woman congressional races Group of GOP senators back more money for airlines to pay workers Republicans uncomfortably playing defense 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 JohnsonGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions Tensions flare as GOP's Biden probe ramps up  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 McCainCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Mark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Prominent conservatives question Jerry Falwell Jr. vacation photo MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiHillicon Valley: Facebook removes Trump post | TikTok gets competitor | Lawmakers raise grid safety concerns OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court cancels shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline | US could avoid 4.5M early deaths by fighting climate change, study finds | Officials warn of increasing cyber threats to critical infrastructure during pandemic Officials warn of increasing cyber threats to critical infrastructure during pandemic 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.