UPDATE: On Tuesday, the Senate parliamentarian ruled that three provisions included in the tax reform bill passed by the House on Tuesday did not comply with Senate procedure known as the "Byrd" rule. Thus, GOP legislators will have to remove the provisions from the bill prior to a vote in the Senate on Tuesday night. House Republican leadership told their caucus to prepare for a vote on Wednesday morning. 

In a 227-203 vote, largely along party lines, the House of Representatives pass the Republican tax reform bill on Tuesday. The next move lies in the Senate, which began floor debate in the afternoon. The entire Democrat caucus voted "No" on the bill, while 12 Republicans crossed the aisle to join their Democrat colleagues.

Most of the Republicans voting against the tax reform came from states that happen to have high rates of income tax: California, New Jersey, and New York. If 23 Republicans had voted against the measure, it would have failed. Originally, there were 13 Republicans in the House who voted against an earlier form of the tax plan. Rep. Tom McClintock of California was the only Republican to change his vote to yes on the final version from his no on the original House bill. 

Republicans voting against the final version of the tax reform bill are:

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.)

Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.)

Rep. Walter B. Jones (NC)

Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ)

Rep. Christopher H. Smith (NJ)

Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ)

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ)

Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY)

Rep. Peter King (NY)

Rep. Dan Donovan (NY)

Rep. John J. Faso (NY)

Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY)

In November, Rep. Rohrbacher wrote an op-ed in the Orange County Register that expressed his opposition to the tax reform package:

"If enacted, the current version of the bill would raise taxes for many of my constituents. It would do that in part by eliminating the deductibility of property taxes, income taxes and paid sales taxes.

"I deeply admire the House GOP leaders, including Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady and Speaker Paul Ryan. Their motives are good, and their objective of increased economic growth is sound. But the bills that both the House and Senate are now considering, while reducing business taxes, don’t reduce the tax burden on individuals so much as shift it.

"That creates winners and losers. Californians will be among the losers."

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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