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Commentary: Senator Heitkamp’s partisan vote against tax reform hurts her reelection chances in 2018

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Late yesterday – or early this morning, depending on how you look at it –  the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 1. That’s the tax cut bill you’ve been hearing so much about.

It passed on a 51-49 vote, with every single Democrat in the Senate saying no. Including North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

Now she has to explain that vote against meaningful, Republican-backed federal tax reform to a state with mostly Republican voters who have a deep appetite for lower tax rates and a simpler tax code.

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