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Why 3 House Democrats Voted for ‘Tax Cuts 2.0’

Jacky Rosen, Kyrsten Sinema, and Conor Lamb voted to make the individual tax cuts in the GOP tax bill permanent. Here's why.

By NTK Staff | 10.02.2018 @12:00pm
Why 3 House Democrats Voted for ‘Tax Cuts 2.0’

Last Friday, the House of Representatives voted 220-191 to make permanent the individual tax cuts in last year’s GOP tax bill. Three House Democrats voted with 217 House Republicans on what some called “Tax Cuts 2.0.”

Those three Democrats were Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA), Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).

All three released similar statements, criticizing the original GOP tax bill but praising the tax cuts for individuals and families.

  • Lamb said, “The tax cuts for families and small businesses should’ve been permanent from the start — the fact that they weren’t shows who the Republican tax bill was really designed to help.”
  • Rosen said, “While the Republican tax law passed last year was a massive giveaway to giant corporations and corporate CEOs, this legislation is focused on giving Nevadans permanent tax relief.”
  • Sinema said, “Last year’s tax bill failed to provide permanent tax relief for middle class families and small businesses. Today’s bill rectified that issue and that’s why I voted yes.”

Unmentioned by all three are other salient facts:

  • Lamb is running in a swing House district, after he won a special election by only 0.2 percentage points this past March
  • Rosen is challenging Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) for U.S. Senate in a purple state
  • Sinema is challenging Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) for the open U.S. Senate seat in Arizona, a red state

All three claim to be for individual tax cuts and against the overall GOP tax bill. But their current political positions suggest their votes may be about winning 2018 elections as well.

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