A number of Republican senators are expressing concerns about how the GOP tax overhaul plan might affect the national debt after the party released its framework on Thursday. "I remain concerned over how the current tax reform proposals will grow the already staggering national debt by opting for short-term fixes while ignoring long-term problems for taxpayers and the economy," said Arizona's Jeff Flake, expressing a sentiment shared by fellow Republican Sens. Bob Corker (Tenn.) and John McCain (Ariz.). The Congressional Budget Office has not yet scored the Senate plan, although the House bill was estimated to increase the deficit by $1.7 trillion over a decade. The GOP can only afford to lose two votes in the Senate and 22 votes in the House.
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