Trump Claims Unity In GOP, These 20 Republicans Just Opposed His Budget Plan
Donald Trump is constantly claiming the Republican party is unified, but that claim has been proven to be wrong time and time again. On Thursday, although Trump federal budget narrowly passed in the House of Representatives, 20 Republicans opposed it, saying that it will open the door to their constituents getting ripped off.
The 20 Republicans who opposed it are:
-Colorado Representative Ken Buck
-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
The budget passed by a voting margin of 262-212. The budget passing makes way for Trump’s tax plan, which calls for getting rid of state and local tax deductions.
“That provision was egregious and its inclusion undermines the ongoing attempts to negotiate improvements to the tax reform plan,” Representative Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) said. “I could not support a budget blueprint with such language.”
“The preference is to keep the state and local tax as is,” Representative Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) 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.
Not one Democrat voted in favor of the budget.