U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, voted against the fiscal 2018 budget bill passed by the House on Thursday over concerns that eliminating state and local tax deductions would hurt upstate New York.
The House narrowly passed the bill, 216-212. No Democrats voted for the budget Thursday, nor did 20 Republicans, indicating ongoing qualms about the tax push within the party. The budget bill lays the framework for federal tax reform and allows Republicans to reduce federal revenue over the coming decade by as much as $1.5 trillion without Democratic help.
Tom Flanagan, spokesman for Ms. Stefanik, said the bill’s elimination of the SALT deduction was a dealbreaker.
“(Ms. Stefanik) voted against this budget because she had concerns with the language related to eliminating the deduction for state and local taxes,” he said in the statement. “Congresswoman Stefanik remains committed to achieving comprehensive tax reform and will be working with her colleagues in the New York delegation to address this issue in a final tax plan. Congresswoman Stefanik’s priority for tax reform is ensuring families and businesses in our district receive needed tax relief.”
Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer called on House Republicans, including Ms. Stefanik, to vote against the budget because of the SALT deduction elimination. s. Stefanik and U.S. Rep. John Faso were among seven Republicans from the state’s delegation that did not support the bill.
The Washington Post contributed to this report.