Lamar Alexander

Sen. Collins is taking a big leap of faith with the tax bill. Critics say she’s getting played.

Sen. Collins is taking a big leap of faith with the tax bill. Critics say she’s getting played.

As GOP tax legislation nears final passage on Capitol Hill, Sen. Susan Collins is approaching the moment for a mighty leap of faith.

The Maine Republican extracted key concessions in exchange for her support for the bill, including commitments from the Trump administration and Senate leaders to back two pieces of legislation pumping money into the health-care system.

The problem is, House Republicans largely oppose the health-care bills. And while Collins anticipates that the commitments will be included in must-pass spending legislation to keep the government open, the tax package is scheduled for a final passage vote next week, before the spending measure.

That means...

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