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    John McCain says he’ll support GOP tax overhaul bill

    Senator John McCain.
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    Senator John McCain.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senator John McCain says he’s decided to support the Senate tax bill. The Arizona Republican’s announcement gives a boost to GOP leaders hoping to push the measure through the chamber this week.

    McCain says the tax legislation is ‘‘far from perfect.’’ But he said it would spur the economy and ease the tax burden for middle class families.

    McCain was among three Republicans who helped derail the party’s effort to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law last summer. He’s battling brain cancer.

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    McCain had expressed concerns about the measure’s impact on federal deficits. It’s projected to add more than $1.4 trillion in red ink over the coming decade.

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    Republicans control the Senate 52-48 and can lose only two GOP votes and still prevail, assuming solid Democratic opposition.

    Senator Susan Collins of Maine, however, says she still has problems with the legislation.

    “I have a lot of concerns that I’m trying to fix,” Collins said, speaking to reporters Thursday at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

    She says it would be ‘‘very problematic for me’’ and hard for her to vote for the bill if it still includes elimination of the federal deduction for state and local taxes.

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    Collins wants an exception to let homeowners deduct up to $10,000 in property taxes. She would make up the estimated $146 billion in lost revenue by keeping the personal income tax rate for the wealthiest earners at 39.6 percent and making a smaller cut in the corporate tax rate.