10 things you need to know today: December 15, 2017

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1. Potential defections threaten GOP tax overhaul

Congressional Republicans hit a potential obstacle to their joint tax overhaul deal next week when Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he would vote against the bill unless it included a bigger expansion of the child tax credit. The final bill reconciling the House and Senate versions is expected to be unveiled on Friday. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) also wants more benefits for low-income families. The GOP has just a 52-48 Senate majority, soon to drop to 51-49 when Senator-elect Doug Jones (D-Ala.) takes his seat, so any defections could threaten the proposal. "I can't in good conscience support it unless we are able to increase [the child tax credit], and there's ways to do it and we'll be very reasonable about it," Rubio said.

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