The U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive tax reform bill late Friday night authored by Republicans. The measure passed by a vote of 51 to 49, with no Democratic support.
Both of Alaska's U.S. senators, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, voted in favor of the bill as they said they would earlier this week. The legislation includes a section written by Murkowski that opens part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
"The combination of developing more of our natural resources and stimulating America’s economy through tax cuts will create opportunities for our nation and put more dollars back into the pockets of hard-working Americans," Murkowski said in a statement late Friday.