The White House on Monday night confirmed that it had reached a deal to pass the Senate’s $1 trillion tax bill on a vote that is expected on Tuesday.
President Donald Trump told reporters that the agreement was “a big deal.”
The White Senate and House are still working out details of a tax bill that will pass both chambers, according to multiple administration officials.
Trump said that the tax bill would help Americans “get ahead” and that the “biggest thing is the big relief for small businesses.”
The White House said the tax plan will be delivered to the president in the coming days.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had said on Friday that he expected the bill to pass on Tuesday and that there was “some flexibility” in how the tax cut was structured.
The Senate bill, which is being pushed by Sen. Mike Lee (R, Utah), has been criticized by Democrats for the large tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.
Va.), who has been leading the Senate charge against the tax overhaul, told reporters on Monday that it was “critical” that the Senate passed the bill on its own merits.
Senators can only vote on the tax legislation if it passes both chambers.
But it is not clear that any of the senators are prepared to vote for the tax proposal.
If the Senate does not pass the bill, it would be the first major Senate bill to fail since 1986, when it failed.
Sen.-elect Joe Manick (D, Ind.) told reporters earlier this month that the legislation would not pass.