This afternoon the U.S. House of Representatives voted 227-205 to pass the Republican tax bill.
Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, who represents the 22nd Congressional District, voted “yes” to the bill. Congressman John Faso, who represents the 19th Congressional District, which covers all of Otsego County, voted “no.”
“This tax plan has a lot of good things in it. It’s not perfect but it's the beginning of the conversation, so I didn’t want perfect to be the enemy of the good,” Tenney said. “A lot of good things about the plan; for example, we’re streamlining the rates, we’re reducing the rates, we’re doubling the standard deduction. We're eliminating the alternative mortgage tax, which is so onerous.”
Tenney did not support the first version of the bill, because it did not included the State and Local Tax (SALT) deducations. The version passed by the House today doesn’t include it either, but it does include a property tax deduction increase.
Faso released the following statement this afternoon to explain why he voted against the bill:
"Every single county among the 11 counties I represent in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills, and Central New York, every single one has lost population over the last five years. And they’re leaving because of taxes, and they’re leaving because of lack of jobs. And this legislation will accelerate the trend of people leaving New York State, which will then place a greater burden on the people of my district and every district in New York State.”