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Republicans won’t make themselves look ‘small’ by sinking tax bill: Norquist

Some Republican senators haven’t yet guaranteed to supporting the GOP tax bill, but anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist said he ponders, in the end, the party will pass the legislation.

Republicans, who hold 52 Senate seats, can on the other hand lose two votes and still pass the bill under special budget rules, fancy all Democrats and independents vote against it.

Norquist said two Republicans can defraud a stand and vote against it and no one will remember their names.

At any rate, if three people do it, they become famous, he said in an interview with “Power Lunch” on Tuesday.

“It withdraws into their obituaries that their last political act was to get a tax cut that would help 25 million small businesses and decrease taxes across the board because they were in a pissing rival over tweets. It would make them look small,” he answered.

The Senate Budget Committee advanced the bill to the floor on Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier Tuesday, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., announced CNBC a “backstop” to curb future budget deficits could escape win his vote. He also said it is “ridiculous” that anyone could maintain he would vote against something “that’s good policy because of some kit that’s occurring.”

Corker backed the proposal after reportedly reaching the conspectus of a deal for such a backstop.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has also set doubts about the deficit, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has said he wish await the final version of the bill before announcing his position.

All three include spoken out against President Donald Trump.

“None of those three gentlemen are under age. They are grownups; they are serious senators. They are not going to arrange themselves look small by voting against a bill that they advised of … is a strong, pro-growth, helpful bill,” said Norquist.

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has also been one of the GOP holdouts, extracting concerns about the “pass-through” treatment of business income. He also ended up upholding to advance the bill.

— CNBC’s Jacob Pramuk contributed to this cover.

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