Congressman Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) voted to increase the national deficit by $3.8 trillion to pay for unpopular tax breaks to the richest 1 percent. While the wealthiest tycoons in the country will see a huge kickback, many California families will be forced to pay higher taxes, thanks to provisions backed by Knight.
Knight already voted for the unpopular Republican tax bill in 2017, which exploded the debt by adding almost $2 trillion to the national deficit. In one of the last votes before the midterm elections, Knight voted for another tax bill.
“The second round of cuts would cost $631 billion before 2028 and an additional $3.15 trillion in the decade after that, according to the Tax Policy Center,” reports the Washington Post.
In addition to drastically increasing the deficit, the bill Knight supported would also permanently increase taxes on thousands of families throughout California, including many in his own district.
Despite his multiple deficit-busting votes, Knight is still trying to sell himself as a champion of fiscal responsibility.
“The unsustainable debt currently being passed on to our children is morally wrong and is a blatant act of generational theft,” Knight says on his campaign website. Yet his own votes, time and again, push the debt higher by trillions of dollars.
Knight’s penchant for voting one way and then pretending he believes something totally different is not limited to his votes on tax policy.
On health care, Knight voted to weaken or eliminate protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions on multiple occasions. Most memorably, Knight wholeheartedly embraced the 2017 Republican health care proposal that would have allowed insurance companies “to charge people significantly more if they had a pre-existing condition like heart disease, cancer, diabetes or arthritis — possibly requiring people to pay thousands of dollars extra every year to remain insured.”
The last time he weight in, Knight said he had no regrets about his vote.
But then, just weeks before the midterm election, Knight introduced a bill on the topic of pre-existing conditions that has no chance to move before the midterms.
Knight may be hoping residents pay attention to his press release rather than how he actually voted in Congress.
Whether it is on taxes or health care, campaign spin cannot erase Knight’s own voting record.