How Your Member of Congress Voted on the House GOP Tax Bill

42 California Congress members, including three Republicans, voted against the GOP tax reform plan. (Mark Fiore/KQED)

This post has been updated.

Republicans in the House of Representatives approved a $1.5 trillion tax reform plan on Tuesday, on a 227-203 vote.

All 39 California Democrats voted against the plan, and they were joined in their opposition by two Republicans: Dana Rohrabacher and Darrell Issa. In a vote on an earlier version of the bill, California GOP Rep. Tom McClintock also voted against the legislation — but this time he voted yes.

The break by the two GOP representatives was a departure from the vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act earlier this year. Then, all 14 California Republicans supported the repeal effort.

Here is how each California member of the House voted. The comments here were made in reference to the earlier version of the tax bill.

Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale, District 1) – YES

“Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the vast majority of North State residents will save money, period. The more than 70% of 1st District residents who do not currently itemize their tax returns will receive an immediate – and significant – tax cut.”

Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael, District 2) – NO

“The Republican tax plan that passed the House today places a target on California families, in order to hand deficit-exploding giveaways to an elite few that are already fabulously wealthy.”

John Garamendi (D-Walnut Grove, District 3) – NO

“Under this bill, fat cats win and you lose. Half of the money from this $1.5 trillion tax scam go to America’s richest one percent. Meanwhile, taxes on the middle class will go up. Over 18,000 people in my district will no longer be able to deduct their medical costs. 128,000 of my constituents will be barred from deducting their state and local taxes.”

Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove, District 4) – YES

“I am convinced that the business side of this bill will produce dramatic growth for the national economy. However, I believe the personal income tax side does significant harm, particularly to many families in high-cost, high-tax states like California.”

Mike Thompson (D-Napa, District 5) – NO

”Today, I voted against the tax legislation that House Republicans have jammed through the House and that would affect each and every American taxpayer for years to come.”

Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento, District 6) – NO

“House Republicans just voted for a tax bill that pulls the rug out from under families in California and across the country. As young people are struggling to afford college, Republicans have voted to eliminate their student loan interest deduction.”

Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove, District 7) – NO

Middle class families deserve tax reform that helps them get ahead. This bill would eliminate critical deductions that help Americans save for the future, saddle the next generation with mountains of debt, and make it harder for families to recover when unexpected tragedy hits.

Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley, District 8) – YES

“Despite the misinformation being spread about this bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will protect property tax and mortgage interest deductions for the vast majority of my constituents. Twenty-five thousand additional families in my district will also become eligible for the child tax credit. Through these provisions, and most importantly, by doubling the standard deduction, Americans will be able to keep more of their money.”

Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton, District 9) – NO

“Today, Republicans passed a plan purely on a partisan basis for political purposes. It will benefit corporations and the wealthiest Americans, largely at the expense of the middle class.”

Jeff Denham (R-Modesto, District 10) – YES

“Passage of the House bill is the first step toward significantly lowering the tax burden in the Central Valley. I look forward to working with the Senate to send a final bill to the President’s desk that will benefit Valley families, create jobs and put more money in people’s pockets.”

Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord, District 11) – NO

“In California, 3.7 million taxpayers will see their taxes increase by 2027 and in Contra Costa County the virtual elimination of the state and local tax deduction and total removal of the student loan and medical expense deductions will result in an annual loss of over $20,000 in deductions for typical households.”

Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco, District 12) – NO

“The is a perfect example of the GOP’s priorities. 36 million middle class families would see a tax hike.”

Barbara Lee (D-Oakland, District 13) – NO

“House Republicans are trying to pull a fast one on the American people. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is not tax reform, it is nothing more than a deceitful scam that raises taxes on the majority of  Americans  to give millionaires, billionaires and corporations a trillion-dollar tax break.”

Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo, District 14) – NO

“The #GOPTaxScam benefits the wealthiest 1% at the expense of middle class Americans & ALL Californians thanks to elimination of state & local income tax deduction, & cap on property tax deduction. That’s why I voted NO & I urge my Senate colleagues to reject their scam as well!”

Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin, District 15) – NO

“There’s nothing more important I can do today for my constituents than to vote NO on the . For most it raises taxes/takes away deductions for local taxes & home-ownership. Only the 1% do better.”

Jim Costa (D-Fresno, District 16) – NO

“If enacted, I believe the bill will have unintended negative consequences that will be felt across the country and in our San Joaquin Valley. Under this legislation, well over half of the people in my district will pay more in taxes when certain provisions for individuals expire in 2027, and important tax benefits critical for agriculture and education in our Valley will be eliminated immediately.”

Ro Khanna (D-Fremont, District 17) – NO

“The House just passed a tax plan that favors special interests and large corporations. I voted NO.”

Anna Eshoo (D-Silicon Valley, District 18) – NO

“The Republican tax bill that passed the House today is an assault on the middle class and it will do lasting damage to our country. The bill is a dishonest ‘bait and switch’ for the 36 million middle class families who will see their taxes increase under this plan to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest 1% of Americans and multinational companies.”

Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose, District 19) – NO

“It’s going to increase taxes for a lot of middle-class people in California. It’s as if it was designed specifically to hurt California by eliminating the deductions of state and local, by limiting the mortgage deduction.”

Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley, District 20) – NO

“Should this bill be signed into law, families of all income levels on the central coast of California will be among the hardest hit in the nation. This bill eliminates many of the deductions that are critical to my constituents, including the medical expense deduction, student loan interest and lifetime learning credits deduction, and deductions for teachers who pay for classroom supplies out of pocket.”

David Valadao (R-Hanford, District 21) – YES 

“Our tax code hasn’t been reformed in over thirty years and, as a result, middle class Americans throughout the nation are struggling.  By creating a simpler and fairer tax code, we will create jobs, grow our economy, and increase the amount of money Central Valley workers take home.”

Devin Nunes (R-Tulare, District 22) – YES

 

Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield, District 23) – YES

“This bill increases the child tax credit, increases the standard deduction, increases wage, and brings back jobs. The fact is, the first $55,000 an average family of four earns won’t face a single penny of income tax. Not a single penny!”

Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara, District 24) – NO

“The tax bill put forth today by congressional Republicans is a gift to the wealthiest one percent and multinational corporations, at the expense of our students, homeowners, and seniors. It eliminates critical deductions that help Central Coast families, including deductions for state and local taxes, mortgage interest, student loans, and medical expenses.”

Steve Knight (R-Santa Clarita, District 25) – YES

“For many years now, Americans have been promised relief from our over-burdensome and complicated maze of a tax code. This is why I voted in support of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This bill significantly removes many of the special interest loopholes, lowers the federal income tax rates of low and middle-income families, and puts businesses on a level playing field to invest in American workers and create more opportunity.”

Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village, District 26) – NO

“We need to reform the federal tax code to reduce the tax burden on working families and small businesses, incentivize innovation, and spur real job growth. Unfortunately, the tax bill that House Republicans passed today doesn’t do that.

Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park, District 27) – NO

“The GOP tax scam is a huge giveaway to corporate interests, paid for by the middle class. This bill pinches students by taxing college loans and making it harder for teachers to buy school supplies.”

Adam Schiff (D-Burbank, District 28) – NO

“I support a tax reform that would simplify the tax code and ease the burden on the middle class and small businesses, and one that would be revenue neutral and not increase the deficit. But that was not the bill before us. Republicans and President Trump have billed this as a “tax reform” bill. It’s not. It won’t simplify the tax code or ensure everyone pays their fair share.”

Tony Cardenas (D-San Fernando Valley, District 29) – NO

“I completely oppose the #GOPtaxbill — it cuts taxes for the wealthiest Americans while leaving working families with less.”

Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks, District 30)- NO

“The fact is that all it will do is kill jobs, explode the deficit, give tax breaks to billionaires, and hurt California families.”

Pete Aguilar (D-San Bernadino, District 31) – NO

“[The bill] prioritizes tax breaks for wealthy corporations and leaves the middle class behind. Speaker Ryan needs to stop choosing billionaires over Inland Empire families.”

Grace Napolitano (D-El Monte, District 32) – NO

“This shameful Republican tax bill is a giveaway to corporations and the richest 1% and a tax hike on working middle class Americans and their children. 30% of my residents will lose State and Local Tax deductions, averaging $17,500 per family according to the IRS, which will devastate housing affordability in my district and disadvantage California taxpayers compared to other states.”

Ted Lieu (D-Torrance, District 33) – NO

“The GOP tax plan is terrible. Hard-working families are going to foot the bill for tax breaks for the wealthy and Californians will be among the hardest hit by this tax scam. It’s despicable. California is already a donor state to the federal government, meaning we give more in tax dollars to the Treasury than we receive in services and programs.”

Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles, District 34) – NO

“Today, Republicans passed a tax plan that cuts taxes for America’s wealthiest individuals and corporations at the expense of the working class. The so-called ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ simply doubles down on trickledown economics that have failed our country for 31 years. The disastrous bill sets the stage for Republicans to gut programs that working families rely on, including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and education.”

Norma Torres (D-Pomona, District 35) – NO

“This is a bill by the 1% for the 1%. The wealthiest 1% will receive nearly 50% of the total tax cuts, while nearly 75% of benefits will go to the wealthiest fifth of the population.”

Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert, District 36) – NO

“The current tax proposal will trigger a $25 billion cut to Medicare next year alone and over $100 billion in the next 4 years, all to give massive tax cuts to the wealthy.”

Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles, District 37) – NO

“I’m not using the word reform because this has nothing to do with reform. This is going to be one of the biggest giveaways to corporations.”

Linda Sanchez (D-Orange, District 38) – NO

“This bill provides tax cuts for corporations and multi-millionaires at the expense of hard-working middle class families. Massive corporate tax cuts do not guarantee job growth or higher wages. The only thing guaranteed is the $2.3 trillion this scam adds to the deficit.”

Ed Royce (R-Fullerton, District 39) – YES

“It’s been 31 years since we last reformed our tax code. The current tax system is broken, burdensome, and continues to hurt job creation. In order to compete in a 21st century economy, California families and small businesses need tax relief — not more of the status quo. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act focuses on boosting growth and helping people across the board keep more of what they earn.”

Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Los Angeles, District 40) – NO

“On behalf of America’s future generations who will be saddled with an insurmountable debt created by H.R. 1, the Republican tax plan, I strongly opposed this bill.  This rushed piece of legislation will not only add more than $1.7 trillion to the national debt over the next 10 years, but it will also shift the burden of paying for that debt to our hardworking families.”

Mark Takano (D-Riverside, District 41) – NO

“Californians already give more to the federal government than they receive, this bill means they’ll pay even more. Corporations are already earning record profits while not paying their fair share in taxes, this bill means they’ll pay even less. Students, teachers, workers, and middle-class families are already struggling to achieve financial security, this bill makes that problem far worse.”

Ken Calvert (R-Corona, District 42) – YES

“I voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act because it allows my constituents in the 42nd District to keep more of the money they earn and will produce tremendous economic benefits that help working families. Despite the misinformed and misleading claims from tax-loving liberals, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act produces real tax relief – especially for low-income and middle-income households with children.”

Maxine Waters (D-Inglewood, District 43) – NO

 

Nanette Barragan (D-San Pedro, District 44) – NO

“Today, House Republicans put party before America’s working class by voting to raise taxes on 36 million families. The GOP may consider this a legislative victory, but it comes at the expense of students, teachers, seniors, workers, homeowners, and basically anyone who is not in the top one percent of earners. I am especially disappointed in my Republican colleagues from California who voted to hit California families with the largest net tax hike of any state. I expect California voters will hold them accountable.”

Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Niguel, District 45) – YES

“The U.S. tax code is outdated, complex, and unfair, especially to hard-working Americans.  Middle class Orange County residents deserve much-needed tax relief that will let them keep more of their hard-earned paychecks.  Today, I voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to ensure that we continue to move toward fundamental tax reform. This legislation simplifies our tax code, eliminates loopholes, and promotes economic growth, which will allow businesses to create jobs and increase wages for American workers.”

Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana, District 46) – NO

“When it comes to tax policy, our goal should be simplifying taxes, creating jobs, and helping Main Street. Unfortunately for Californians, this tax bill will make the dream of homeownership even more expensive. Unfortunately for Californians, ending state and local tax deductions could increase our taxes each year. California already pays more in federal taxes than it gets back. This change would mean Californians will pay even more to the federal government.”

Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach, District 47) – NO

“Deeply disappointed at the passage of the House GOP’s tax bill. This is not over and there is a long road ahead before it could ever become law. We will continue to push back at every chance we get.”

Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa, District 48) – NO

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.

Darrell Issa (R-Vista, District 49) – NO

“I didn’t come to Washington to raise taxes on my constituents and I do not plan to start today. It’s disappointing that the bill approved today will not provide the same tax relief to Californians as it does to the rest of the nation. ”

Duncan D. Hunter (R-Lakeside, District 50) – YES

“This has been long overdue. I cannot think of a more important action we can take to invest in our economy, create jobs and promote business growth than cutting taxes for American workers and reforming a broken code.  This bill lowers rates, protects families by creating new credits and deductions, eliminates the death tax, provides new resources for small businesses and installs a simpler process overall.”

Juan Vargas (D-San Diego, District 51) – NO

“House Republicans passed a tax proposal that raises taxes on millions of working Americans to pay for tax cuts for the rich and corporations. The Republican tax scam eliminates key deductions for families, students, veterans, and seniors. Working families in my district will see their taxes increase with the elimination of essential deductions, including the personal exemption deduction, the student loan interest deduction, the medical expense deduction, and even the educator expense deduction.”

Scott Peters (D-San Diego, District 52) – NO

“The American people need real, fiscally responsible tax reform that actually spurs growth. This week, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) showed that the House tax bill passed today will actually shrink, not grow the economy because of the drag from long-term debt and current economic conditions.”

Susan Davis (D-San Diego, District 53) – NO

“The House Republican Tax Bill shortchanges the middle class in favor of corporate special interests, raising taxes on millions of working families and exploding our national debt by $1.5 trillion. Furthermore, the corporate tax cuts never expire while the cuts for people go away after just five years.”

How Your Member of Congress Voted on the House GOP Tax Bill 19 December,2017Guy Marzorati

  • DrG

    I’ve already tweeted all those traitors to our great State who voted for this travesty that they better start putting out their resumes for review as I will support any group who makes sure they are defeated at their next election.

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