Reaction is coming on all levels following the approval of the House Tax Reform Bill by a narrow margin in Washington.

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, who represents the Southern Tier, voted in favor of the package.  The Republican said the legislation reducing seven tax brackets to three and doubling the standard deduction to $24,000 dollars will be good for the middle class, small businesses and people on fixed incomes.

New York State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo issued a statement expressing disappointment in Representatives from New York State voting for the proposal.  The Endwell Democrat said eliminating the state and local tax or “SALT” deduction is a betrayal of the best interests of the Representatives’ constituents.

Binghamton Mayor Richard David had also opposed passage of the reforms.  One of the parts the Republican objected to was getting rid of tax breaks for municipalities that are trying to preserve and reuse old and historic buildings.

Citizen Action of New York held a rally outside of Congresswoman Tenney’s Binghamton office, urging her to vote no and said the Tax Reform Bill would mean cuts to Medicaid and Medicare.

Republicans Tom Reed, Chris Collins and John Katko also supported the bill.  Others in the New York Delegation were against passage.

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