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House Approves Republican Tax Plan, Senate Set to Vote

Paul Ryan speaks at a news conference Dec. 19, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives approved sweeping, debt-financed tax legislation on Tuesday, sending the bill to the Senate, where lawmakers were due to take up the package later in the evening.

Senate Tax Bill Stalls

A demonstrator holds a sign outside the U.S. Capitol to protest the Republican tax plan as it works through the Senate in Washington Nov. 30, 2017. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan

The U.S. Senate on Thursday delayed voting on a Republicantax overhaul as the bill was tripped up by problems with an amendment sought by fiscal hawks to address a large expansion of the federal budget deficit projected to result from the measure.

Republican Obamacare Repeal Bill Fails in Late Night Senate Vote

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) talks to reporters as she arrives for a Senate healthcare vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 27, 2017. Image via REUTERS/Yuri Gripas.

Collins and Murkowski both voted against more comprehensive Republican proposals to repeal and replace Obamacare this week. Trump has singled out Murkowski for criticism, saying on Twitter that she had let down the Republican Party and the country.

Trump Makes Last-Ditch Plea to Republicans to Roll Back ACA

FILE PHOTO: President Donald Trump gathers with Republicans in the Rose Garden after the House approved repealing major parts of Obamacare. May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

President Donald Trump pleaded with Senate Republicans on Monday to "do the right thing" on health care and allow debate to begin on a measure to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Senate is expected to vote on Tuesday on whether to begin debating a health care overhaul, although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has not specified which version of the bill the senators will vote on.