A total of 12 House GOP members voted against the Republican Party's $1.5 million measure to rewrite the tax code in the United States. Republican Representatives Lee Zeldin, Dan Donovan, Peter King, John Faso and Else Stefanik from New York objected. Also objected were Dana Rohrabacher and Darrell Issa from California and Chris Smith, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Frank LoBiondo, and Leonard Lance from New Jersey also opposed the bill. The bill was named H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The solitary exception to say no from a Trump won state was Representative Walter Jones from North Carolina.
Of the 12 members, 11 of them were from districts which voted for Hillary Clinton at the time of presidential election in 2016. The 11 Republicans are from New Jersey, California or New York. They represent suburban districts which the Democrats continue to target in their quest for taking back the House in 2018 midterm elections. The news of the passage of the bill was closely monitored by Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee or simply the DCCC as it is popularly known. It described the legislation as a surrender to wealthy Americans. The Democrats has pledged to raise this bill in the coming midterm elections. Meredith Kelly, the communications director of the DCCC, said that candidates from the Democratic party are already fighting against this particular tax scam. They are also the winners in the debate within their communities. She pointed out that House Republicans will have to pay heavy electorally in 2018.
Not much for the poor and the middle class
A poll taken by Quinnipiac and released to the public on December 13, showed that a majority of those surveyed believed that it will bring benefits to rich Americans but not so much for middle class and poor US residents. About 65 percent of respondents hold the view that the wealthy would be the gainer from this tax plan.
House Republicans who voted in the negative gave an example a new limit on deduction key to their constituents. They also pointed out the higher tax burden. Frelinghuysen, the House Appropriations Committee chairman, released a statement saying that New Jersey residents already have a heavy tax burden foisted on them. They require tax cuts-which the HR1 cannot do. It caps federal deduction for the state and the local taxes. This will lead increase in tax for a significant number of New Jersey families.