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Democrats cast doubt on Faso vote

Oct 27, 2017 2:30 pm

Jimmy Vielkind reports for Politico that the vote Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) cast Oct. 26 against the Republican tax cut framework may not have been such an independent stand against his own party. From Politico: "Several New York Democrats questioned the opposition of Faso, [Elise] Stefanik, [Claudia] Tenney, and [John] Katko. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Queens) said he saw the four huddling in the back of the House floor, waiting to cast their negative votes until the resolution’s passage was secured. 'They had to talk to one another to decide that they would have voted yes if their vote was needed, so they’re not serious about protecting the hard-working men and women of New York State,' Meeks said on a conference call with reporters. 'They were missing in action, actually, at the tie of critical mass and just came aboard once they knew they didn’t have to because the Republicans had votes elsewhere. That’s a political game. That’s not standing up for New York.'" According to the report, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-Manhattan) also saw the four huddling in the rear of the chamber, and came to the same conclusion as Meeks. On an interview on the Fox Business Channel hours after the vote, Faso said, "the entire reason" he voted against the framework budget was because of the bill's elimination of the deduction for state and local taxes. PLAY EXCERPT OF INTERVIEW Read the full story in Politico.