Trump-backed budget: How Palm Beach County’s House delegation voted

Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation for the 115th Congress, clockwise from top left: Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City; Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach; Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton; Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach.

After bucking party leadership a few weeks back on a budget vote, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, today stuck with most of the House GOP and supported a budget resolution that paves the way for a $1.5 trillion Republican tax-cut package.

The House’s 216-212 vote was for a Senate-approved measure supported by President Donald Trump. The three Democrats in Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation — Reps. Alcee Hastings of Delray Beach, Ted Deutch of Boca Raton and Lois Frankel of West Palm Beach — all voted no.

“Big news — Budget just passed!” Trump tweeted shortly after the vote.

Twenty Republicans voted against the measure while all 192 Democrats who voted were opposed.

Mast was one of 18 Republican “no” votes on Oct. 5, saying the House resolution continued a “disastrous trend of passing budgets that don’t really balance.”

There were deficit concerns this time, but Mast spokesman Brad Stewart said, “He feels that tax reform is critically important for families in our community and this was a necessary step toward putting more money back in people’s pockets by cutting taxes.”



Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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