- Associated Press - Thursday, December 14, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine’s moderate U.S. senator says she doesn’t think the timetable for tax reform should be delayed by the results of Alabama’s special election.

House and Senate Republican leaders reached an agreement about sweeping tax reform Wednesday. They’ll likely need support from Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins to pass the package.

The victory of Alabama Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore in Tuesday’s special Senate election could also impact the tax plan’s fate. But Collins said Thursday there’s no reason to wait for Jones to be sworn in to vote on the plan.

The seat’s currently represented by Republican Sen. Luther Strange. Collins’ spokeswoman says the Senate “has always planned to pass the tax bill before the end of the year, regardless of whether Moore or Jones won.”

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