Following the lead of their counterparts in the House of Representatives (but going with their own version of what the House passed), the US Senate advanced its own Tax Reform bill out of the Senate Finance Committee on a party line vote a couple of weeks ago. And this week, cleared the first procedural step toward passage with a party-line vote of 52 – 48 on Wednesday night to begin debate. The Senate bill, which was still being worked on and tweaked last night to win over key GOP holdouts, has been scheduled for final action in the upper branch at 11:00 this morning. The bill is still very much in a state of flux, but we do know some amendments are likely to survive the Senate disposition and will be subject to conference with the House. A most glaring example is the paid leave proposal (filed by Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE)) which made it into the final Senate Bill.