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House Passes GOP Tax Overhaul: How Indiana’s Reps. Voted

The House voted to approve the GOP tax overhaul proposal.

Last updated at 6:45 p.m.

Democrats say three provisions in the Republican $1.5 trillion tax bill violate Senate rules and will likely be removed before that chamber votes on the measure.

As NPR reports, the House passed the measure early in the afternoon with the Senate set to debate the bill and vote Tuesday evening. But the snag means the House will have to vote again on the legislation once it’s been amended and approved by the Senate.

Among Indiana’s House delegation, the vote split evenly along party lines: the two Democrats voted no while all seven Republicans voted in favor. The vote mirrors the vote on the House GOP’s initial tax overhaul proposal in November.

Overall, the measure passed 227 to 203, with 12 Republicans joining most Democrats in opposition (two Democrats did not vote).

Here’s how each Indiana Representative voted and what they’ve said, if anything, in response:

Rep. Pete Visclosky (D) District 1 – No

“We will not be complicit in any effort to undermine access to affordable health care coverage or increase costs for millions of Americans,” Visckosky said in a Tweet prior to the vote.

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R) District 2 – Yes

“The truth is that this tax cut bill means a brighter future for the hardworking Americans who will have more money in their pockets and a better shot at the American Dream,” Walorski said on the House floor prior to the vote. “This isn’t just a good bill – this is a great bill. This isn’t the apocalypse – it’s a new day in America.”

Rep. Jim Banks (R) District 3 – Yes

“By passing this legislation, Congress has delivered on its promise to deliver sweeping tax reform to the American people for the first time since 1986,” Banks said in a statement. “I look forward to swift passage in the Senate and President Trump signing this historic legislation into law.”

Rep. Todd Rokita (R) District 4 – Yes

“This historic tax reform is going to help the American people keep more of their hard earned money, create more opportunity, and make American businesses more competitive at home and abroad,” Rokita said in a Tweet.

Rep. Susan Brooks (R) District 5 – Yes

On Twitter prior to the vote, Rep. Brooks said she heard from constituents in favor of the tax overhaul:

Rep. Luke Messer (R) District 6 – Yes

“Under this plan, Hoosier families will see bigger paychecks, fairer taxes, and more jobs,” Messer said in a statement. “Obamacare’s individual mandate is crushing middle-class Hoosiers. By repealing it, we are bringing relief to low and middle-income Americans who have had to pay fines simply because they can’t afford skyrocketing premiums.”

Rep. Andre Carson (D) District 7 – No

“This bill is a failed opportunity to grow our economy, boost small businesses & help middle class families get ahead,” Carson said on Twitter just prior to the vote. “Let’s reform our tax code to help working families succeed. Not to make the rich richer.”

Rep. Larry Bucshon (R) District 8 – Yes

Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R) District 9 – Yes

“For too long, our country’s 70,000 page tax code has put Hoosier families and businesses at a disadvantage,” Hollingsworth said in a statement. “Today’s vote was a vote for bigger paychecks, more jobs, and a simpler tax code bettering the lives of all Hoosiers, enabling everyone to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks and empowering all to build better futures.”

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