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Susan Collins: Waiting for Final Tax Bill to Decide on Support

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By    |   Sunday, 10 December 2017 12:44 PM

Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday she hasn’t made a decision yet on the GOP tax-reform plan, saying it’s not clear “where the bill is going to come out” after conference committee changes.

In remarks on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” the Maine Republican’s stance comes after she said on Friday she’d consider opposing the plan if her proposed amendments weren’t included.

“There are major differences between the House and Senate bills,” she said. “I don’t know where the bill is going to come out… So I won’t make a final decision until I see what that package is.”

"I also obviously care very much about amendments that I was successful in getting in the bill that particularly helps middle-income families," Collins added.

Collins also said she’s confident in an agreement reached with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to not cut Medicare.

"I have written correspondence that memorializes the agreement that the 4 percent [cut] in Medicare that could go into effect will not go into effect," she said. "I don't want seniors to have the anxiety of wondering whether the tax bill is going to trigger a cut in Medicare. I am absolutely confident. I have it in writing, a statement by both Mitch McConnell and Speaker Ryan."

She also said she believes there won’t be a rise in insurance premiums for Maine seniors in any tax plan.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations not only with my colleagues in the Senate, but with my colleagues on the House side, and with the White House — I've talked to the president three times about this issue,” she said.

“And once again, I have no reason to believe that that commitment will not be kept. After all, who wants to see health insurance premiums become more unaffordable than they already are for individuals who are buying insurance in the individual market?”

She said two Senate bills “will exert downward pressure on premiums and make it more affordable.”

“We have brand new study that just came out last week by Avalere, a respected consulting firm, that says it will more than offset the repeal of the individual mandate,” she added.

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Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday she hasn't made a decision yet on the GOP tax-reform plan, saying it's not clear "where the bill is going to come out" after conference committee changes.In remarks on CBS News' "Face The Nation," the Maine Republican's stance comes after she...
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