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| The Hill | Updated October 12, 2018 12:52pmThe House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation that would make it harder for people who don’t pay their taxes to get tax credits.
The House voted 205-213, with Republicans in the majority and Democrats holding 51 seats.
Republicans were also able to avoid a government shutdown and vote to keep the government open through a temporary measure.
Democrats, however, could not muster enough votes to override President Donald Trump’s veto of the measure, which they said amounted to an unconstitutional and unfair move.
Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the bill, called it a “very, very bad bill.”
“This bill would make the lives of millions of hardworking families much harder.
It would make life harder for millions of people who are already struggling, and it would undermine our tax system,” Trump said.”
The tax code should not be an impediment to our ability to provide healthcare to every American.
But it is now.”
The House passed the measure by a vote of 217-213.
It now goes to the Senate.
The Senate could vote to approve the measure in the coming days, but Republicans are not expected to move quickly.
If the Senate approves the bill without a government funding bill, it will likely face a Democratic filibuster.
Democrats could use the filibuster to block the legislation.
Republicans could be in a tight race for the Senate in November, but a Trump presidency could help the party retain the majority in the upper chamber.