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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which passed the Republican-controlled U.S. House and Senate without a single Democratic vote, prompted very different reactions from the Republican and Democratic lawmakers representing Northwest Indiana in Congress.

Here's what they had to say about the measure that now goes to Republican President Donald Trump. He's promised to sign it into law.

U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind.

"I voted for pro-growth tax reform that will provide needed relief to American families. This bill is going to create a tax code that is simpler, fairer and that allows Hoosiers to keep more of their hard-earned money.

"The bill also repeals the harmful Obamacare individual mandate tax, allowing families to choose the health care that’s right for them.

"When paired with regulatory reform, this tax bill is going to give a major boost to our economy, creating an environment that’s ripe for jobs and small business growth."

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.

"The reasons I oppose this bill are plain and simple, clear and commonsense: Instead of providing a tax cut that overwhelmingly benefits the middle class, this bill cuts taxes for the wealthiest Americans while raising taxes on a majority of families making less than $75,000 in the coming years.

"And instead of protecting American jobs by adopting provisions from my End Outsourcing Act, an effort that President Trump has told me on numerous occasions that he is all-in on and he supports, instead this tax hike bill does zero to claw back tax breaks and incentives awarded to corporations that later decide to outsource American jobs."

U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville

"I opposed the Republican tax bill because it is nothing more than a $1.5 trillion tax cut paid for by working class individuals and families.

"This is a bad bill for our health-care system because the elimination of the incentive for individuals to obtain health insurance will create further chaos in the insurance market, increase premiums, the number of uninsured citizens and harm the effectiveness of hospitals and doctors.

"True tax reform should provide greater equity among all taxpayers, encourage productive economic investments and not increase our national deficit. The Republican tax bill meets none of those requirements and instead creates additional financial burdens, uncertainty and instability in the lives of working Americans."

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Elkhart

"If you believe the rhetoric you hear, you may think this bill means the world is ending. I guarantee you, it’s not.

"The truth is this tax cut bill means a brighter future for the hardworking Americans who will have more money in their pockets and a better shot at the American Dream.

"People will be able to keep more of the money they earn and spend less time filing their taxes.

"This isn’t just a good bill — this is a great bill. This isn’t the apocalypse — it’s a new day in America."

U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Brownsburg

"This historic tax reform is going to help the American people keep more of their hard earned money, create more opportunity and make American businesses more competitive at home and abroad. With President Trump’s leadership on this legislation, we are going to unleash our country’s economic potential."


Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.