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El Pasoans react to newly passed tax reform

Cropped Photo: Martin Falbisoner / CC BY-SA 3.0

El Pasoans had mixed emotions Wednesday night about the vote that passed the tax reform in the House and Senate, but they all felt very strongly about the issue and the future of our country.

"You know right now I'm in the middle. I really don't understand it. I'm hoping that it gets clarified to the average person,” said West El Paso resident Marzza Chaviro.

Some people in El Paso are undecided about the GOP's new tax plan. Others have stronger feelings.

"I feel that it is the most ungodly thing that the Republican Party could have done this day and time,” said Northeast El Paso resident Seneca Smith.

"It's not what he promised in the campaign. He went entirely rogue,” said West El Paso resident Lauro Chavira.

Most El Pasoans we spoke with Wednesday night are against the plan.

"It benefits the upper 1 percent and does not benefit middle class, and that was his promise that he made us and he's not keeping it,” said West El Paso resident Lauro Chavira Jr.

Though KFOX14 couldn't find anyone who supported the bill, some people were hopeful.

"Because I hear a lot of good things about it and I hear a lot of bad things about it, and I just want some clarification so that I know how to look at my taxes for the next year,” Marzza Chaviro said.

Some people said they don't know enough about it.

"I did hear about the tax plan and I don't have information to have any opinion,” said West El Paso resident Priscilla Terrazas. “It’s kind of scary that there something that got passed without giving citizens enough information to know what is going to be happening or how it’s going to impact them.”

Another person was worried about health care, since the new tax bill ends the penalty for not having coverage, which could end up killing Obamacare.

“I think they are supposed to be the party of family values. They are supposed to be the Christian party. How do you pass a plan where you sneak in a provision that takes away the power from Obamacare, from the Affordable Care Act, that takes away the individual mandate?” Smith questioned.

In all, KFOX14 spoke with about 15 people. Only a few of them agreed to go on camera, but none of them said they liked the bill.

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