SEN. SUSAN COLLINS, R-Maine, makes her way through a crush of reporters after Republican senators met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on the GOP effort to overhaul the tax code, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 1.

SEN. SUSAN COLLINS, R-Maine, makes her way through a crush of reporters after Republican senators met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on the GOP effort to overhaul the tax code, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 1.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says she may change her vote on the GOP tax overhaul if her amendments are not included in the final version.

She tells WABI-TV that she won’t make a final decision until she sees what comes out of a conference committee.

Collins joined the majority in a 51-49 vote after her amendments on property tax and medical expense deductions were included. She also says she secured a promise from House and Senate leaders to remove the threat of a 4 percent cut to Medicare.

Collins is facing criticism in her home state over the tax plan that would provide steep tax cuts for businesses and more modest tax breaks for families and individuals.

Police arrest 9 protesting tax plan at Collins’ office

Police in Portland say they’ve arrested nine protesters who gathered in Collins’ office to oppose a bill to overhaul the federal tax code.

Collins was in Washington on Thursday and didn’t meet with the religious leaders who were protesting. Police say they were peaceful, but refused to leave the building after her office closed for the day.

Nine of 10 people present were charged with criminal trespass. They were taken to the county jail.

Five other protesters were arrested on Monday during a sit-in at Collins’ Bangor office.

Collins said she’d support the tax plan after winning some concessions from Senate leaders.


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