Wis. lawmakers vote party line on House tax cut vote

Published: Dec. 19, 2017 at 10:36 PM CST
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A major overhaul of the nation's tax code got a vote today in the U.S. House of Representatives and was ready to go to the senate. That plan, however, now has been dealt a slight hiccup.

Wisconsin's congressional delegation went mostly down party lines on the early-afternoon vote Tuesday. All five Republicans voted in favor. Two of three Democrats voted against it, with Rep. Mark Pocan from Madison absent and did not cast a vote.

The $1.5 trillion tax plan includes lowering the corporate tax rate to 21 percent and keep the seven-tier tax bracket structure for individuals, but lower the rate for the highest earners from 39.6 to 37 percent.

Despite the House passing the bill, it will have to be voted on again. This is a result after the Senate dropped three provisions, which violate its rules.

Today, Rep. Ron Kind of Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional district told WEAU 13 News this move signals a rushed approach in getting the bill passed.

"The policy behind this has gone out the door a long time ago,” he said. “This is all about the politics of getting something past and to the president's desk before Christmas, regardless of the mess and the chaos that it's creating.

“This isn't the way it should work, but more importantly, they're rushing this through without hearing from people back home – our bosses – and they're the ones who going to be most impacted and disappointed in what they see."

WEAU received a statement from the office of Rep. Sean Duffy of the 7th Congressional district, who voted for the measure.

“The outdated tax code has gone without reform for more than thirty years, and in that time, it has favored special interests and powerful lobbyists in the Swamp,” the statement said. “But this massive tax reform plan delivers the tax relief that middle-class Wisconsinites deserve.

“From doubling the standard deduction and doubling the child tax credit, to reducing rates and simplifying the process, this tax overhaul plan is a victory for Wisconsin families. I hope that the Senate will act quickly in joining us to grow our economy, create jobs, and Make America Competitive Again by sending this bill to President Trump’s desk for him to sign by Christmas.”