Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said on Friday that he will support the Republican tax plan, handing leadership the 50th vote needed to pass the bill.
“I am pleased to announce I will vote in support the tax reform bill,” he said in a statement.
Flake’s decision officially gives Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) the 50 out of 52 GOP senators he needs to let Vice President Pence break a tie on the legislation.
Republicans had to kick work on the tax plan into Friday when deficit hawks led by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) threatened to kill the bill during an unexpected floor showdown on Thursday evening.
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