Rep. Darrell Issa speaks at a South by Southwest conference in Austin. Photo courtesy Issa’s office

Rep. Darrell Issa broke with the Republicans in Congress over tax reform Monday, announcing his opposition to both the Senate and House bills.

“When I voted against the House tax reform proposal, I did so because I feared that many in my district could face higher taxes under its changes. The Senate bill doesn’t do any better,” said Issa, who represents north coastal San Diego and south Orange counties.

“California families are already forced to endure some of the highest state sales and income tax rates in the nation — they deserve to see tax relief too,” he added.

Both bills eliminate the deduction for state and local taxes, and cap the deduction for property taxes at $10,000. Many families in California will end up paying more federal taxes if the changes become law.

“I oppose both proposals in their current form and I will continue to fight for tax relief that benefits ALL of our nation’s taxpayers — regardless of where they live,” Issa said.

The two bills are similar, but their differences need to be reconciled by a conference committee before a final bill can be sent to President Trump for signature.

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Chris Jennewein

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