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Dem senator compares GOP tax bill to unicorns, Tupac conspiracy theories

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyFive things to watch for in deteriorating US-Saudi relations Senators warn Trump that Saudi relationship is on the line Overnight Defense — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Missing journalist strains US-Saudi ties | Senators push Trump to open investigation | Trump speaks with Saudi officials | New questions over support for Saudi coalition in Yemen MORE (D-Conn.) on Friday compared the thinking behind Senate GOP’s tax bill to belief in unicorns and conspiracy theories that rapper Tupac Shakur is still alive.

In an analysis released Thursday, the Joint Committee on Taxation said the Senate GOP tax bill wouldn’t produce enough economic growth to fully pay for its tax cuts, despite Republican claims to the contrary.

The Joint Committee on Taxation said the bill would add about $1 trillion to the national debt after accounting for economic growth.

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Senate Republicans said Friday they had the votes necessary to pass their tax bill after key holdouts announced they would support the legislation.

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake: Congress should not continue Kavanaugh investigations Arizona congressional candidate robbed outside restaurant The Kavanaugh debate was destructive tribalism on steroids: Here’s how we can stop it from happening again MORE (R-Ariz.) said he would support the bill, giving Republicans the 50th vote needed to pass the plan, after securing an agreement to work on a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Flake also said his support came after a $85 billion “budget gimmick” was removed from the bill.

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump defends 0B US arms sale to Saudi Arabia Cornyn: 'All the money in the world' won't help O'Rourke win Texas Saudi Arabia, Turkey to form joint investigation into Khashoggi disappearance MORE (R-Tenn.), the lone holdout among the GOP caucus, announced his opposition to the bill Friday afternoon over concerns it would increase the deficit.

“This is yet another tough vote. I am disappointed. I wanted to get to 'yes.' But at the end of the day, I am not able to cast aside my fiscal concerns and vote for legislation that I believe, based on the information I currently have, could deepen the debt burden on future generations," Corker said in a statement. 

Democrats have blasted Republicans for the bill’s impact on the deficit, saying the Joint Committee on Taxation's analysis contradicts claims by the GOP and President Trump’s White House that the bill will pay for itself.

“This score that I’ve just gotten ends the fantasy about magical growth and claims that tax cuts pay for themselves,” Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenCollusion judgment looms for key Senate panel Hillicon Valley: Facebook deletes accounts for political 'spam' | Leaked research shows Google's struggles with online free speech | Trump's praise for North Korea complicates cyber deterrence | Senators want Google memo on privacy bug On The Money: Jobless rate hits 49-year low | Officials face legal obstacles to pursuing tax charges against Trump | Tax story prompts calls to revise estate rules MORE (Ore.), the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, said Thursday.