A Last-Minute Threat to the Republican Tax Bill

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The Senate tax bill is moving closer to a climactic final passage, but it faced an unexpected threat late Thursday afternoon after a new analysis found that it would increase the debt far more than party leaders had claimed.

A group of GOP senators, led by Bob Corker of Tennessee, refused for more than a hour to vote down a Democratic bid to defeat the $1.4 trillion tax cut. After huddling and trading proposals with colleagues on the Senate floor, the lawmakers each voted with their fellow Republicans to allow the measure to advance. However, Corker’s support for the chamber’s final legislation, which will soon go up for a vote, is still in doubt: The Senate parliamentarian ruled that his proposal