JUST IN: 12 Republicans Stun GOP & Defect; Vote NO On Tax Reform Package


Senate Republicans worked hard over the past several weeks to do their best to have a united front to pass the Trump tax reform unanimously seeing as how it’s such a close vote in the Senate.

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 19: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) (C) is joined by House Republican leaders while talking to reporters following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in the Will Rogers Corridor at the U.S. Capitol December 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. The House passed the tax cut legislation 227-203 and the bill now goes to the Senate where a vote scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

However, House Republicans were not able to convince 12 Republicans to go for the Trump tax reform legislation regardless. Among those 12 Republicans was House Appropriation Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.).

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 21: Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) questions OMB Director Mick Mulvaney about his budget during a Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee hearing on the budget for the Office of Management and Budget the House Committee on Capitol Hill on June 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)

Frelinghuysen released this statement:

‘The people of New Jersey already carry an extremely heavy tax burden. They need and deserve tax cuts. Unfortunately, H.R. 1 caps the federal deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) which will lead to tax increases for far too many hardworking New Jersey families.

‘This legislation will also damage our state’s housing market and business environment.

‘I had hoped to be able to vote for a pro-growth tax bill. However, H.R. 1 forces New Jersey residents to pay for tax cuts for residents in other states. I voted “No”!’

Those other Republicans who voted against the bill in the House were also from states that would have been affected by the state and local tax deduction cap.

Patch reported:

‘Nearly all the Republicans who voted against the tax bill are from high-tax states, such as New Jersey, New York and California. Many New Jersey homeowners appreciate being able to deduct New Jersey’s remarkably high property taxes. Trump’s tax overhaul would limit how much people can now deduct. Fellow New Jersey Republican Congressman Chris Smith, who represents wealthy parts of Monmouth County, as well as Ocean and Mercer, also voted against the bill’

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 04: House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) (L) and Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) deliver opening statemsnts during a hearing about the Pentagon budget in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill March 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. In his first appearance before the subcommittee since becoming defense secretary, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the budget policy know as “sequestration” was affecting the military’s rediness. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Rumor has it that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was so displeased with Frelinghuysen that he considered removing him from his chairmanship on the Appropriations Committee. Also, Frelinghuysen had voted no on the previous version. One source told POLITICO:

‘Committee chairmen are expected to support the team. How does he expect to win support for his own bills when he’s unwilling to support the President and Speaker’s number one priority?’

It’s not the first time he’s clashed with Speaker Ryan. He voted against a bill that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks and was originally a no vote on the Obamacare repeal.

Frelinghuysen will face reelection in 2018 and is being challenged by Democratic contender Mikie Sherrill.

Regardless of the defectors, the House still passed the tax bill. The real clincher will be the Senate vote. Problem is Republicans have promised they have the votes to pull it off, and all we can hope for are defectors who kept it on the down low.

Trump can say what he wants, but he doesn’t inspire all Republicans especially when his legislation will affect their own states negatively. More and more it seems Republican congresspeople realize this. However, it will never come soon enough.

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