President Donald J. Trump celebrates the passage of the Tax Cuts Act with Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan | December 20, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)
Members of Congress from Arizona were split along party lines over the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with every Democrat voting against the bill and every Republican voting for it. Senator John McCain was in Arizona due to complications with his cancer treatment and therefore did not cast a vote.
Congressman O’Halleran is a Democrat representing congressional district 1, which covers most of northern and eastern Arizona including Flagstaff and the Navajo Nation. He voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
In a press release, O’Halleran painted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as a partisan bill which gives “permanent tax cuts to multinational corporations” and creates “uncertainly [sic] for middle-class families.”
“This needs to be a bipartisan, comprehensive effort that puts money back into the pockets of working families and creates incentives to bring back good-paying to America and grow new jobs in our communities,” continued O’Halleran. “Some in Washington say their side needs a political win, but what America needs is a win for hardworking, middle-class families.”
Congresswoman McSally is a Republican representing congressional district 2 in southeastern Arizona, which includes the whole of Cochise County and eastern Pima County. She voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
In a press release, McSally praised the good that the tax bill would do for Arizona families and said that “Congress voted today to put our economy in afterburner.”
“Today’s landmark legislation lowers taxes across the board, increases the standard deduction, and doubles the child tax credit for hard-working Arizona families so they can save and plan,” continued McSally. “Job creators will be able to invest more of their own money into hiring more people and rewarding their employees. This bill also preserves the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit which I fought for in order to protect those facing costly child care. All told, a typical family of four earning $73,000 should see a $2,059 tax cut next year.”
Congressman Grijalva is a Democrat representing congressional district 3 in southern Arizona, including Nogales and Yuma near the US-Mexico border as well as parts of Tucson and the Phoenix metro area. He voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Grijalva has been a staunch opponent of the Republican tax bill from the start.
In early December, Grijalva was selected along with three other House Democrats to serve on the conference committee which, in his words, “will attempt to combine the House and Senate versions of the GOP’s tax scam.”
In a statement, Congressman Grijalva did not mince words in saying that certain provisions were included in the bill to “bribe certain Republican to vote for a multi-trillion-dollar public money grab.”
“These bills are a national disgrace,” said Grijalva. “I’m pleased to bring a much-needed voice of reason to this conference. The House and Senate versions of this tax scam each represent a massive redistribution of wealth from working Americans and those in need to the richest one percent who have already benefited from a rigged system.”
In a tweet on Wednesday, Congressman Grijalva said “Take two, still NO! #GOPTaxBillScam”, in reference to the fact that the House of Representatives had to vote on the tax bill twice due to a technicality in the Senate.
Congressman Gosar is a Republican representing congressional district 4, which covers most of eastern Arizona including Prescott and Kingman. He voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
After the House first voted on the bill, Gosar released a statement noting the historic significance of the vote.
“I’m proud to have voted for the passing of a comprehensive, common sense and pro-growth tax reform,” said Gosar. “Until today, President Ronald Reagan was the last man to sit in the Oval Office with enough moxy and courage to reform our broken tax code.”
After the House voted a second time on the bill, Congressman Gosar released another statement in which he derided the Senate procedure that required the House to vote twice.
“I am disappointed that an unelected official, the Senate Parliamentarian, was able to override the will of Congress and strip out key tax benefits for education,” said Gosar. “This is a good example of how the swamp really works. One person, accountable to no one, prevented millions of children from benefiting under the tax code. This is beyond sad.”
Congressman Biggs is a Republican representing congressional district 5, which includes Mesa, Gilbert, and Chandler. He voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
In a statement following the House’s first vote on the tax bill, Biggs said that he and his fellow Republicans honored their commitments to “cut taxes and reform our outdated tax structure.”
“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will provide much-needed economic relief to American individuals, families, and businesses,” continued the Biggs. “Families will be able to save more money to send their children to college. We are already seeing the positive economic impact based on the promise of tax reform. When this bill is signed into law, we will see an even more robust economy. We understand that the tax cuts in this legislation belong to our constituents. Our constituents are better equipped than the federal government to stimulate our economy with their hard-earned money.”
Congressman Biggs concluded by saying that there is still much to be done including cutting spending and reforming the “broken welfare system.”
Congressman Schweikert is a Republican representing congressional district 6 in northeastern Phoenix-metro area, including Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, and Carefree. He voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
On December 19, Congressman Schweikert took to the House floor to argue in favor of the tax bill. In particular, Schweikert argued that the increased economic growth that he believes would be produced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is crucial for, among other things, reducing income inequality.
“Slow economic expansion is where you get the income inequality. If the left here actually cared about the very issue that they talk about all the time, they would be embracing tax bills, regulatory bills, things that would actually expand the size of this economy so that everyone has a fighting chance!” said Schweikert.
Congressman Schweikert has not put out a public statement since voting for the tax bill.
Congressman Gallego is a Democrat representing congressional district 7, which primarily covers Phoenix and Glendale. He voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
In a press release after the House’s first vote on the tax bill, Gallego said that “President Trump and Congressional Republicans pulled off one of the biggest heists in American history” and calling the bill “an attack on the American middle class.”
“Instead of leveling the playing field and investing in opportunities for all, the Trump GOP has clearly demonstrated that its primary goal is to reinforce the power and increase the wealth of the party’s richest donors.”
Congresswoman Sinema is a Democrat representing congressional district 9, in the Phoenix-metro including Tempe. She is currently running for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Jeff Flake. She voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
In a statement, Sinema lamented the process that the Republicans used to craft and pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and pointed to the experience of tax reform in the 1980s as a better model of crafting legislation.
“Rushing through a bill for short-term political gain does not serve Arizona or the American people. When President Reagan and a Democratic Congress passed tax reform in the ‘80s, it took two years and bipartisan cooperation. It was hard work, and it was worth it. Americans deserve that type of leadership.”
She concluded by calling for bipartisanship while also taking a swipe at the bill. “I’m ready to fix the problems and mistakes that will inevitably become clear as we learn more about the harmful consequences of this rushed and partisan tax bill.”
Senator Flake is a Republican and Arizona’s junior Senator. He voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Flake voiced his support for the tax bill after he was able to get two concessions from GOP leadership, including the promise that Congress would take up the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals issue.
After casting his vote, Senator Flake released a short statement.
“While I would have written a much different bill, this bill lowers the corporate tax rate in a manner that makes us globally competitive. I am also pleased that the Majority Leader has committed to bring the bipartisan DACA bill we are currently negotiating to the Senate floor in January.”
Senator McCain is a Republican and Arizona’s senior Senator. He was not in Washington, DC to vote on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act due to complications with his cancer treatment.
McCain has not released a statement related to the tax bill.