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Where do Southern California’s House Republicans stand on tax reform?

By in Press Enterprise on November 7, 2017

By Jeff Horseman

The ads, fair or not, would go like this: “Californians – Republican Congressman (insert name here) voted to raise your taxes and take away your health care!”

It’s a Democratic attack coming to your mailbox, TV and radio in 2018 if Southern California’s House Republicans, after unanimously voting in May to repeal Obamacare, support a tax reform bill that takes away deductions frequently used by California taxpayers.

“Establishment Republicans have already voted for a budget that would raise taxes on millions of middle-class families in order to give tax breaks to millionaires and overseas corporations that will increase the deficit by over a trillion dollars,” said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Drew Godinich.

“They will absolutely be held accountable for their track record of failing to represent working families in 2018.”

But voting against tax reform could anger President Donald Trump, House GOP leadership and Republican voters already frustrated that Obamacare is still on the books.

“For California Republicans, the tax bill is A&W choice – awful and worse,” said Jack Pitney, a professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, “has a tough job – getting California’s Republican members to vote for an unpopular bill that will hurt California,” Pitney said.

“His main argument will be that not passing a tax bill will be even worse than passing one. The pitch will be that if the GOP fails on tax reform, volunteers and contributors will ditch the party entirely.”

Republican leaders believe something has to be done.

“There’s widespread agreement the tax code as-is is broken and failing,” said Jack Pandol, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee. “While we encourage members to vote their districts, voters want to see the change they voted for last year. On taxes, Democrats are defending the status quo. We think that’s a winning argument for our […]    

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