Alaska’s U.S. senators are set to vote in favor of a hotly contested tax reform bill,giving President Donald Trump’s proposal some crucial support as its GOP backers court individual votes.
Karina Petersen, a spokeswoman for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, said at midday Wednesday that Murkowski would vote yes on the bill, which was opened to Senate floor debate on a party-line 52-48 vote Wednesday afternoon. Republicans have been working to assuage at least half a dozen potential defectors’ concerns about the bill, which has been criticized as offering disproportionate tax benefits to the wealthy.
"The bill before us has a number of features that are very attractive to Alaskans," Murkowski said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. "It lowers tax rates, doubles the child tax credit, and provides tax relief for many families by doubling the standard deduction. It promotes economic growth, employment, and investment by improving the tax code for corporations and small businesses. And it removes the tax penalty for those who do not wish to purchase health insurance that they cannot afford or that offers little value to them."