Darrell Issa. Photo from Facebook timeline

Rep. Darrell Issa broke ranks with Republicans in Congress on Thursday to reject President Trump’s tax reform package.

“I didn’t come to Washington to raise taxes on my constituents and I do not plan to start today,” said Issa after the vote. “It’s disappointing that the bill approved today will not provide the same tax relief to Californians as it does to the rest of the nation.”

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed the House by a margin of  227-205 and goes to the Senate for consideration.

It promises tax cuts for middle-income Americans, but caps the property tax deduction at $10,000 and eliminates the deduction for state income taxes, so many Californians with will end up paying more.

Corporations would see the biggest cut, with their tax rate falling from 35 percent to 20 percent.

Among the San Diego delegation, Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter voted in favor, while Democrats Susan Davis, Scott Peters and Juan Vargas voted against it.

“The House Republican tax bill shortchanges the middle class in favor of corporate special interests, raising taxes on millions of working families and exploding our national debt by $1.5 trillion,” said Davis. “Furthermore, the corporate tax cuts never expire while the cuts for people go away after just five years.”

Hunter said the legislation “is not perfect, no bill ever is,” but would directly benefit his largely rural East County district.

He said it will bring $2,000 in tax relief for the average middle class family in the district, while the cap on property tax deductions would affect few homeowners.

In addition to Issa, two other California Republicans, Tom McClintock and Dana Rohrabacher, voted against the bill.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.