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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s two U.S. representatives came down on opposite sides of a close vote potentially setting up a major overhaul of the tax system.

Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin voted in favor of the GOP budget that narrowly passed the House on Thursday. Rep. Chellie Pingree and all her fellow Democrats opposed it.

Poliquin tells the Sun Journal the budget is the first step toward “fairer and lower taxes.” Pingree says Republicans fast-tracked the budget to “pull the wool over the eyes of working families” and cut taxes for the wealthy.

The vote allows Republicans to begin work on a follow-up $1.5 trillion tax cut and move it through Congress without fear of blocking tactics by Democrats.


Information from: Sun-Journal,