CT Dems Vote Against GOP Tax Bill, Call Tax Cuts for Families and Businesses an “Abomination”December 20, 2017
All seven members of Connecticut's congressional delegation, all Democrats, voted against a tax cut for Connecticut families and businesses.
All seven members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation – Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Reps. John Larson (D-Conn.), Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Jim Himes (D-Conn.), and Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) – voted against tax cuts for Connecticut families and businesses on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The House roll call vote, conducted Tuesday afternoon, ended with 227 members in support and 203 opposed. All 191 House Democrats opposed the bill.
The Senate roll call vote, conducted early Wednesday morning, ended with 51 members in support and 48 opposed. All 46 Senate Democrats opposed the bill.
The House will re-vote on the bill due to technical issues on Wednesday morning, but it is expected to pass, again without Democratic votes.
Connecticut’s congressional delegation not only voted against the bill, but came out against it with strong language.
Blumenthal called it an abomination:
The #GOPTaxScam is an abomination. Congressional Republicans have revealed their true selves: partisan zealots who care more about political promises to their wealthy donors than the lives of the people they are elected to represent.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) December 20, 2017
Murphy suggested the bill is shameful.
The bill that just passed the Senate and House isn't tax reform – it's a giant handout for the rich and powerful. There is no shame left in Washington when the biggest piece of legislation passed by this Republican Congress is literally a windfall for their wealthy donors.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) December 20, 2017
Esty said it’s “awful.”
Thanks for having me on the show, Alan, and for giving me the opportunity to remind folks that I'm absolutely voting "no" on this awful tax bill that will hurt middle-class families in Connecticut. https://t.co/BS6CU2Y15N
— Elizabeth Esty (@RepEsty) December 19, 2017
And tax-raising Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) said in a statement that the bill, which gives the average Connecticut family an $835 tax cut, will “not provide relief to the middle class, but for the wealthiest few.”
It seems Democrats are ready to run in Connecticut in 2018 on opposition to tax relief in the state.
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