Trump's Budget Opposed by 20 Republicans Who Fear Citizens Will Be Ripped Off

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President Donald Trump discusses the federal budget in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. His budget passed through the House today, despite 20 Republicans joining the Democrats to vote against it. Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

President Donald Trump's federal budget narrowly passed in the House of Representatives Thursday, but 20 Republicans refused to support it—with many saying it will open the door to their constituents getting ripped off.

Big news - Budget just passed!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2017

The budget, which passed 262-212, will clear the way for Trump's tax plan, which calls for getting rid of state and local tax deductions. Trump claims those cuts would raise more than a trillion dollars that would balance out other tax cuts, butsome Congress members wouldn't budge on removing a tax break used by 40 percent of middle-class tax filers, according toIRS data.

"That provision was egregious, and its inclusion undermines the ongoing attempts to negotiate improvements to the tax reform plan," Representative Leonard Lance, the Republican from New Jersey, said. "I could not support a budget blueprint with such language."

When the House passed a budget earlier this month, it didn't include the same language about those deductions. But after the Senate made some changes and kicked it back, the budget targeted state and local tax deductions, which are known as SALT.

"The preference is to keep the state and local tax as is," Representative Tom Reed, the Republican from New York, told CNN. "Clearly, in my opinion, that is not going to be the case, so then the question becomes, Is there a compromise position that we can live with?"

Other Republicans said the budget as a whole could be destructive for the entire country.

"With $20 trillion in national debt and an estimated more than $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities, we can't afford the budget that was on the floor today," Colorado Representative Ken Buck said in a statement.

All Democrats in the House voted against the budget.

The resolution would establish the budget for fiscal years 2019 to 2027, setting the overall discretionary spending at $1.132 trillion.

Thursday's vote once again shows the GOP's struggles to unify behind Trump's major legislative goals, even as it controls Congress. Twenty House Republicans voted against an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill in May that passed by only four votes. But the repeal-and-replace effort ultimately died after several Senate bills failed to win enough Republican votes.

Do not underestimate the UNITY within the Republican Party!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2017

These are the Republicans who voted against the budget:

  • Colorado Representative Ken Buck
  • Florida Representative Matt Gaetz
  • Kansas Representative Lynn Jenkins
  • Kentucky Representative Thomas Massie
  • Michigan Representative Justin Amash
  • New Jersey Representative Frank LoBiondo
  • New Jersey Representative Tom MacArthur
  • New Jersey Representative Chris Smith
  • New Jersey Representative Leonard Lance
  • New York Representative Lee Zeldin
  • New York Representative Pete King
  • New York Representative Daniel Donovan
  • New York Representative John Faso
  • New York Representative Claudia Tenney
  • New York Representative John Katko
  • New York Representative Walter Jones
  • New York Representative Elise Stefanik
  • Pennsylvania Representative Brian Fitzpatrick
  • South Carolina Representative Mark Sanford
  • Tennessee Representative John Duncan