Rep. Kevin Brady, the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said Tuesday it's too soon to pass judgment on a tentative border bill, as the proposal so far offers far less than President Donald Trump had been seeking for border wall construction.
"Like most lawmakers, I want to dig into exactly what the spending bill gives to states like Texas," the Texas Republican told Fox Business' "Mornings with Maria." "Frankly, we pay the price of an open border, in sex being trafficked, drug trafficking, unfortunately, criminal elements."
Brady also said he'll need to know what details are in the spending measure before he can say if he'd hold out for more money toward a border barrier, as the amount offered seems like a "down payment."
"I know it sounds like I'm repeating myself, but I have learned from experience, these major spending bills, you've really got to dig into it to find out what is there," Brady said.
Brady, as one of the architects of the tax law that resulted in New York capping state and local tax deductions at $10,000, also on Tuesday said he's not willing to take another look at the law, despite complaints from Gov. Andrew Cuomo that it created a $2.3 billion budget shortfall.
"The economy is booming because of those tax cuts," said Brady. "The fact of the matter is they tax families so high people are leaving."
Repealing the deduction rewards wealthy homeowners, while encouraging Cuomo to raise taxes even more, which is not what most families and businesses in New York want, Brady added.
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