Kuster, Shea-Porter Vote Against GOP Budget

Oct 26, 2017

Congresswomen Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter (l-r)
Credit NHPR Staff

Both New Hampshire representatives Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter voted against the Republican budget, which passed today in the House.

Kuster says the budget would make devastating cuts to Medicaid and Medicare while giving tax cuts to billionaires. Shea-Porter echoed those sentiments and cautioned that Congressional Republicans will now try to use the reconciliation process to make these goals a reality.

Meanwhile, the White House is praising the passage of a budget in the House as a necessary step for a tax overhaul.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says in a statement the vote "sets the stage" to give economic relief to Americans in the form of tax cuts and tax reform.

President Donald Trump has made a rewrite of the nation's tax code his top legislative priority. The tax bill is the top item on the GOP agenda. It would be Trump's first major win in Congress - and, Republicans hope, a much-needed boost for the party's political fortunes in next year's midterm elections.