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New GOP tax cut bill includes Faso amendment

Jul 14, 2017 12:05 am
Dan Freedman reports in Capitol Confidential that Republicans released their latest bill to cut taxes and healthcare for Americans, and the new bill still included the New York-specific amendment co-authored by Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook). Faso's amendment moves Medicaid costs from New York counties to the state, providing homeowners with an average $500 lower tax bill. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that will force a tax increase to cover the costs. Faso's staff tweeted for him, "Glad to see our amdt to cut property taxes for NYers included in revised #BCRA." New York Senator Chuck Schumer tweeted that the Better Care Reconciliation Act "guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions; kicks millions of Americans off Medicaid; decimates states' ability to combat opioid addiction; and imposes an age tax on older Americans." New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press release, "The token changes to the Senate health care bill are a thinly veiled attempt to disguise the same cruel bill. Far from improving our health care system, the Senate Republican health care bill is still a death trap for New York." Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said in a press release that, "The cuts to Medicaid in this tweaked version of a disastrous bill are no less outrageous today than they were a couple of weeks ago." Read the full story in Capitol Confidential.