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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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President Donald Trump stand with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, at the Utah State Capitol Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Trump traveled to Salt Lake City to announce plans to shrink two sprawling national monuments in Utah in a move that will delight the state's GOP politicians and many rural residents who see the lands as prime examples of federal overreach, but will enrage tribes and environmentalist groups who vow to immediately sue to preserve the monuments. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Sen. Mike Lee to 'proudly' vote for GOP tax-cut plan

Sen. Mike Lee of Utah announced Monday he plans to vote for the GOP's $1.5 trillion tax-cut plan, handing Republican leaders another 'yes' vote as they look to pass the package through the House and Senate this week. Published December 18, 2017

Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, voted against the tax bill last month but said he changed his mind "after great thought and consideration." (Associated Press/File)

Concessions, talks with Trump win over tax reform holdouts in Senate

Republican leaders won over one balky senator by boosting his favorite tax break and swung another from "no" to "yes" after a phone call with President Trump, leaving Republicans in strong shape to pass their $1.4 trillion tax cut bill this week. Published December 17, 2017

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrives to meet with reporters to answer questions on the tax bill and sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. Ryan said he's not leaving Congress anytime soon, trying to squelch rumors that he will walk away in triumph after the Republicans' treasured tax bill is approved. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republicans unveil $1.5 trillion tax-cut package

Congressional Republicans late Friday officially unveiled their final $1.4 trillion-plus tax-cut plan that slashes corporate and individual rates, winds down certain credits and exemptions, and imposes new international tax rules. Published December 15, 2017

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2017 photo, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on "The Authorizations for the Use of Military Force: Administration Perspective" on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrat James Mackler says he's dropping out of the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee to replace Corker, a move that appears to clear the path to the Democratic nomination for former Gov. Phil Bredesen. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Corker, Rubio to vote yes on GOP tax package

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee on Friday said he will vote yes on the Republican tax package, all but ensuring Senate leaders the votes they'll need to pass the final bill next week. Published December 15, 2017

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rubio will vote for his party's $1.5 trillion tax bill. That gives a major boost to the prospects that GOP leaders will be able to push their prized measure through Congress next week. The Florida lawmaker had said he'd oppose the legislation unless his colleagues made the per child tax credit more generous for low-income families. On Dec. 15, Republicans said the final legislation would do just that. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Rubio a yes on GOP tax package after child-credit changes

Sen. Marco Rubio plans to vote for Republicans' final tax-cut package after securing desired changes to the child tax credit, a spokeswoman confirmed Friday, giving a major boost to GOP leaders who want to pass the bill next week. Published December 15, 2017

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, leaves his office in the Capitol as House Republicans prepare to advance the GOP tax bill, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republicans finalize tax-cut package

House and Senate negotiators were busy signing off on the GOP's final tax overhaul plan on Friday, after leaders made some last-minutes fixes in an effort to win over holdout senators. Published December 15, 2017

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, said he can't support the bill without a bigger tax break for poor families with children. (Associated Press/File)

With demands, Rubio throws cold water on GOP hope for tax cut bill

Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday that he will vote against the Republicans' tax cut bill as it stands, threatening to undercut Republicans and deal a major blow to President Trump, his opponent in the presidential primary race last year. Published December 14, 2017

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, gets on an elevator on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Republicans strike deal on tax package

Republican negotiators on Wednesday said they've managed to strike a deal on a $1.4 trillion tax-cut package and that they'll be prepared to send it to President Trump's desk next week. Published December 13, 2017

Democrat Doug Jones smiles as he arrives to speak Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Dems tell GOP to shelve tax bill after Alabama election loss

Senate Democrats demanded Wednesday that Republicans shelve their plans to vote on a tax-cut bill next week, saying the chamber must wait until after the new year when Sen.-elect Doug Jones will be seated. Published December 13, 2017

"I'm just really pleased the direction we're going on this," said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, Texas Republican.

Republicans eye more generous tax cut for blue-state residents

Republican lawmakers on Tuesday were pushing toward a final deal on a $1.4 trillion tax-cut package, eying a more generous rate cut for the wealthy and a less generous one for corporations as they try to appease wealthy blue-state residents. Published December 12, 2017