Catskill, New York
7 December 2017 01:59PM
Richard Moody


House and Senate have big differences

After weeks of positioning himself against the controversial Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, voted to move the tax reform legislation into conference between the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, through which the bills will be tailored into one cohesive bill.

Faso’s actions on the bill have been inconsistent as he brought the blueprint for the bill forward to become legislation at the start, but voted against it when it reached the House floor for a vote, where it passed Nov. 16. Faso then spoke out against the bill — specifically about a provision that would eliminate deductions for state and local property, income and general sales taxes.

The Senate passed its version of the bill early Saturday morning, and under the reconciliation process through which the bills were passed, they can now be put together through a conference between two key committees.

The House approved bringing the bills to conference Monday in a 222-192 vote, including support from Faso and U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-21, who previously voted against passage.

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