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Republican Sen. Susan Collins Says She Isn't Committed to Voting for Final Tax Bill

The senator voted for her chamber's version, but won't promise a vote on the version that emerges from committee.

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) voted to pass the Senate version of a tax bill that would represent the biggest change in the nation's tax code since the 1980s and drastically reduce the corporate tax rate.

But the senator remains uncommitted on throwing her support behind the version that will emerge from a conference committee that reconciles the House and Senate bills into a final bill both chambers must pass.

“I’m going to look at what comes out of the conference committee meeting to reconcile the differences between the Senate and House bill. So I won’t make a final decision until I see what that package is,” Collins said.

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Collins is demanding "assurances" that federal Medicare payments remain untouched and the GOP will pass a pair of health care bills designed to lower premium costs.

A "no" vote from Collins would cause a 50-50 tie to be broken by Vice President Mike Pence, since Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) is an expected "no" vote. 

Republicans can't lose more than two senators, or the final bill will fail.

Chris Sosa is the Senior Editor at AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.