The Latest on Senate Republicans’ effort to pass tax cuts and repeal Obamacare on Wednesday article The Senate has passed two major tax bills and is expected to vote on a final version Thursday.
But Democrats want to make sure that the GOP tax bill passes with bipartisan support, a key hurdle to advancing legislation to repeal Obamacare.
Democrats say they will oppose the final bill if it includes a tax cut for the wealthy.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has said Republicans will need to win over at least five Democrats to pass the tax bill, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that is not a given.
Republicans are already under pressure from the White House and other GOP senators to pass a bill by the end of the week.
But President Donald Trump and GOP leaders say they are prepared to delay the vote until after Thanksgiving.
Democrats are demanding the Senate vote on the tax package on Wednesday, arguing that the legislation is needed to help the middle class.
Democrats also want the Senate to pass legislation to ensure insurance companies do not leave Obamacare exchanges vulnerable to competition from smaller insurers.
Republicans say they need the votes to pass their tax plan in order to keep the country afloat.
But McConnell said Thursday that it is not clear Republicans have enough votes.