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California's GOP lawmakers could face political backlash for their tax bill votes




WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 20: (L-R) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) arrive at the press conference after the senate vote of the tax reform bill on December 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Senate has passed the tax reform bill and it will return to the House of Representatives for final approval. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 20: (L-R) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) arrive at the press conference after the senate vote of the tax reform bill on December 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Senate has passed the tax reform bill and it will return to the House of Representatives for final approval. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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The House gave the Republican tax bill the green light Wednesday, securing a sweeping change to the nation's tax laws for the first time in three decades. The bill now heads to the desk of President Trump for his signature. 

In the initial vote by the House, it's safe to say that the bill got by with a little help from California Republicans; 12 of the state's GOP lawmakers voted for the bill. Might the 12 who voted for the bill expect a political backlash in 2018?

Politico's Carla Marinucci says backlash is all but guaranteed for the unpopular bill.

'Unpopular' may be too kind of a word when you talk about only 20 percent of Californians in the latest polls. It's one of the most historically unpopular bills passed on taxes in the last few decades. 

Yes, it's already been pointed out by the Democrats, and they seized on it the minute this legislation passed yesterday, and they're going to be at it again this morning. [They will] remind voters who those 12 Republicans are and try to hold them to account.