- The Washington Times - Friday, October 20, 2017

Sen. Rand Paul responded to a tweet from President Trump on Friday saying that he’s “all in” on tax reform, despite voting against the Senate budget plan.

“I’m all in for tax cuts @realDonaldTrump. The biggest, boldest cuts possible - and soon!” Mr. Paul tweeted.

He was responding to a tweet from the president earlier in the day that seemingly guaranteed the Kentucky Republican’s support of the tax plan.

“The Budget passed late last night, 51 to 49. We got ZERO Democrat votes with only Rand Paul (he will vote for Tax Cuts) voting against…..,” Mr. Trump tweeted.

“….This now allows for the passage of large scale Tax Cuts (and Reform), which will be the biggest in the history of our country!” he added.

Senate Republicans passed the budget plan late Thursday night without Democratic support, but passing the bill allows Republicans to move ahead on tax reform without the need for Democratic support. Republicans put a legislative tactic into the budget that allows tax reform to pass with a simple majority instead of the required 60-vote threshold to prevent a filibuster.

Mr. Paul was the lone Republican to vote against the bill due to changes in the federal spending caps.

The details of the tax plan are still being hammered out, such as where the tax brackets will actually be set, but the White House has pledged to pass the bill prior to the end of the calendar year.

• Sally Persons can be reached at spersons@washingtontimes.com.

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