The measure cleared a hurdle on Wednesday without the support of a single Democrat, paving the way for a final vote on the plan by the end of the week

Senate Republicans took an important procedural step on Wednesday toward passing their sweeping tax overhaul, after a handful of GOP holdouts fell into line and supported the plan.

The 52-48 party-line vote opens debate on the $1.5tn package, paving the way for a final vote on the plan by the end of the week. The measure, which advanced without the support of a single Democrat, would dramatically reshape the US tax code and disproportionately benefits the country’s highest earners.

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