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Senate begins votes on taxes


The Senate has started a series of four votes that concludes with the passage of the tax cuts bill.

The order of the votes are as follows:

#1 (Sen. Coburn) to offset the cost of unemployment insurance benefits (requires 67 votes; expected to fail) *** UPDATE *** This measure has failed.
#2 (Sen. DeMint) permanently extend the tax cuts and estate tax (requires 67 votes; expected to fail) *** UPDATE *** This measure has failed.
#3 (Sen. Sanders) to eliminate the tax cut for highest incomes/modify estate tax (requires 67 votes; expected to fail)
#4 Senate passage of the tax cuts bill (simple 51 vote majority required for passage; expected to pass with strong bipartisan support)