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The GOP's tax bill made it out of the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday after several tweaks, such as the restoration of a tax credit for parents who adopt. A full House vote on the bill may take place in the week ahead.
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WASHINGTON D.C. — The House GOP's tax bill is up for a full House vote in the week ahead, following the Ways and Means Committee's vote in favor of the bill Thursday. The committee voted 24-16 for the bill after a few modifications, including the restoration of tax breaks such as the "adoption credit."

"After years of work, dozens of hearings and multiple frameworks, we are one step closer to delivering true tax reform to the American people," said committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas).

The modified bill nixes the cancellation of the adoption tax credit, which cuts taxes by up to $13,570 for a couple adopting a child. Brady also announced that the committee was lowering the bill's 12% tax rate on small businesses to 9%.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses announced its support for the bill following this tax reduction. The group had previously denounced the bill for not giving enough small businesses tax relief.

A Senate version of the bill also rolled out Thursday and is awaiting a vote. It includes several differences from the House version, including a one-year phase-in for lowering the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%. If the House version passes, Republicans will have to reconcile it with this other one, either in a two-house conference committee or by both chambers approving identical plans.

No Democrats in either chamber have indicated that they will support the plan. Democrats argue that some Republicans may break ranks on the bill, as well, due to provisions such as a new $10,000 limit on deductions for property taxes and the elimination of deductions for state and local income taxes.