U.S. Reps. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro, and John Faso, were among seven of the nine Republican members of the New York delegation who voted against the House of Representatives budget and tax plan.
“While I am a strong advocate for comprehensive tax reform that will make our tax code fairer and simpler for families and businesses in our district, I have concerns with language in this budget resolution related to eliminating the deduction for state and local taxes,” she said in a post on her Facebook page. “I remain committed to achieving comprehensive tax reform and will be working with my colleagues in the New York delegation to address the state and local tax deduction issue in a final tax plan.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo thanked the seven for not supporting the resolution. Cuomo said eliminating the state and local tax deduction would destroy New York’s economy and harm the middle class.
“These representatives understand the dire and devastating consequences to our middle class families and our economy,” he said in news release.
He criticized Congressmen Tom Reed and Chris Collins for supporting the plans saying they “party allegiance over economic security and fairness.”
Don Boyajian, who is one of the Democrats vying to challenge Stefanik criticized the budget plan, saying it will slash $1 trillion from Medicaid and strip away $473 billion from Medicare.
“The Budget Resolution will disproportionately affect the North Country,” he said in a news release. “ It’s disgraceful that members of Congress care more about advancing their political careers, by helping Paul Ryan, than doing what is right for our nation.”