The 12 House Republicans who voted "no" on the tax cut bill represent an extraordinarily wealthy slice of the economy.

Look at it this way: The median congressional district by household income is California's 22nd, with an income of $52,172. Of the 12 Republicans who voted "no," 10 come from above-median districts. In fact, most of the "no" votes (7 of 12), come from districts with a median household income greater than $75,000, placing them in the 50 wealthiest congressional districts, or the top 11 percent.

The causation of this correlation? Probably the bill's repeal of the deduction for state and local taxes (the "SALT deduction"). That's a deduction overwhelmingly claimed by the wealthy — 88 percent of the benefit is claimed by six-figure earners.

GOP "no" votes and their district's median household income

Leonard Lance, NJ: $105,386

Rodney Frelinghuysen, NJ: $100,143

Peter King, NY: $85,976

Lee Zeldin, NY: $84,668

Dana Rohrabacher, CA: $83,425

Darrell Issa, CA: $77,025

Chris Smith, NJ: $75,857

Dan Donovon, NY: $62,766

Frank LoBiondo, NJ: $57,765

John Faso, NY: $56,626


Elise Stefanik, NY: $51,653

Walter Jones, NY: $46,272