Schumer, Cuomo Want Stefanik To Take Stand Against Tax Reform

Schumer, Cuomo Want Stefanik To Take Stand Against Tax Reform

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Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted no on the tax reform plan because New Yorkers would no longer be able to deduct their state and local income taxes.

But Newsday reports she was one of four upstate Republicans who waited until the resolution had the necessary votes to pass before casting their own 'no' votes.  One government expert says that happens all the time.

"They'll often let the leadership know that they'll be willing to vote for it if their votes are needed to help it pass but they'd prefer not to vote for it. And then they will watch the votes go down on the floor and if their votes aren't needed, they'll just vote no," said Dr. Matt Glassman, senior fellow at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University:

In a telephone conference late last week, Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo targeted Stefanik and other upstate Republicans, urging them to take a clear stand against the bill.

"Congressmember Stefanik and Faso in central New York to vote no on any bill that hurts New York," said Schumer.

"Congressperson Stefanik, it's not even close, what will happen to the north country," said Cuomo.

Stefanik's spokesperson said the Congresswoman is a "no" on the current plan as it stands. She's working to get it changed to address the state and local tax deduction problem.

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