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Where Georgia's senators stand on tax overhaul bill

It’s go-time for the tax bill in the U.S. Senate. Republican leaders are currently working overtime to secure the needed 50 votes to pass the legislation, but they aren’t spending any time sweating over Georgia’s two GOP senators. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson have both indicated they’re firmly in the ‘yes’ column.

Isakson spoke at Tuesday’s closed-door Republican luncheon with President Trump about how the tax bill is this Congress’ chance to cast a “generational vote,” using the opportunity to evoke his grandkids.

“This is our time and it’s our challenge,” Isakson summarized in an interview a few hours later.

Perdue, meanwhile, was one of 12 Republicans to advance the bill out of the Senate Budget Committee on a party-line vote Tuesday, after which he called on his colleagues “to put aside any self-interests and operate with a sense of urgency.”

He’ll be co-hosting a press conference with Republican colleagues, conservative outside groups and Trump’s congressional liaison later this morning to rally the troops.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.