WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives on Thursday approved the GOP-backed FY 2018 budget resolution, which Republicans are using as a vehicle to enact tax reform legislation.
The lower chamber approved the measure in a 219-206 vote.
No Democrats voted for the resolution. Eighteen Republicans jumped ship and voted against the measure.
The $4.1 trillion budget resolution proposes $1.5 trillion in tax cuts.
Democrats are claiming that the tax cuts will disproportionately benefit the wealthy and increase the deficit by more than $2 trillion.
The budget resolution includes reconciliation instructions so as to enable the Senate to approve tax reform legislation with a simple majority as opposed to 60 votes.
Reconciliation lowers the threshold for breaking a filibuster.
The Senate Budget Committee is continuing its markup of the resolution on Thursday and is expected to vote on the measure following next week’s recess.