At 1:50 a.m. Eastern Saturday morning, December 2, 2017, the U.S. Senate passed a Tax Reform bill after hours of attempts by Democrats to scuttle the bill.

Every Republican except for Bob Corker voted in favor, and all Democrats voted against.

The Obamacare Mandate, which survived Supreme Court challenge thanks to Chief Justice John Roberts, was effectively repealed as part of the bill. The repeal takes place by virtue of the penalty being removed. If that provision stays in after conference with the House, the Tax Reform would be a double victory for Trump and Republicans.

Two amendments of note passed. An amendment proposed by Ted Cruz to extend college 529 accounts to private and homeschool pre-college educations passed, with VP Mike Pence casting the tie breaking vote.

A Democrat amendment to remove the tax on college endowments above a certain limit, with fourur Republicans voting with Democrats on that amendment.

But by and large, it was party line voting. And the reactions were predictable.

Republicans were thrilled.

To put it mildly, liberals are not happy and vow to continue fighting.

Not sure what this is about, but worth investigating (readers? anyone?)