A dozen Democrats crossed the aisle to join a united Republican front in support of the $1.35 trillion tax package.
The two houses also have to reconcile the differences in the tax cuts between the two bills.
Jeffords Announcement Pending
Meanwhile, press reports began to circulate that Senator Jim Jeffords (R-VT) had already told staffers that he had decided to change his party affiliation to independent – a move that would give Senate Democrats the majority in that body for the first time since 1994.
That would give the Democrats the ability to bring bills to the floor, and would change the chairmanship of most committees.
Jeffords postponed a planned announcement for this afternoon, choosing instead to return to his home state of Vermont to unveil his future plans on Thursday.
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