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Crowley: Republicans Increasingly Opposing GOP Tax Reform Bills

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By    |   Monday, 13 November 2017 02:33 PM

Republicans from states that would be hit hard by losing their deductions for state and local taxes are coming forward to oppose the party's tax reform bills, and if more join, that bill will go down, Rep. Joe Crowley said Monday.

"I think when you look at the fact that when you're getting rid of that state and local tax deduction, that really hits states like California, hits states like New York, hits states like Illinois, hits states like Pennsylvania, just to name a few," the New York Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "New Jersey is another. And much of, I think, the growth of the Republican party within those states has been in the suburban areas."

Crowley said that the loss of such deductions means that about 28 percent of Americans will see an increase, not a decrease, in their taxes.

"That's middle class America," he told the program, and most won't want to lose money while giving the nation's wealthiest a tax break.

If California keeps all its votes against the tax reform bill, and Republicans continue to oppose it, "the bill is dead," Crowley said, as "it is actually against the interests of their constituents."

In addition the loss of state and local tax deductions, there are "other horrible things" in the GOP bill, Crowley said, including eliminating a tax credit for hiring veterans, or deductions for people like teachers for buying extra school supplies.

"There's so many little things in this bill that make it in many respects for me immoral, but I think the double taxation of states like California, like New York, like New Jersey, even Pennsylvania . . . it's a very, very political document," he added.

Meanwhile, Crowley has said he believes Democrats have a better than 50 percent chance of retaking the House in 2018, and on Monday he said the politics of impeachment are already becoming a campaign issue.

"We've seen the [Tom] Steyer ads," Crowley said. "I think there's real concern about the direction of our country and where the president has taken us, not just in terms of overseas but domestically as well. The desperation to get this tax bill passed at all costs is because of the donor base."

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Republicans from states that would be hit hard by losing their deductions for state and local taxes are coming forward to oppose the party's tax reform bills, and if more join, that bill will go down, Rep. Joe Crowley said Monday.
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