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GOP tax overhaul passes House with help from a dozen California Republicans

Despite weeks of consternation from some California House Republicans, a dozen of them joined their colleagues to pass a tax overhaul Tuesday, saying it would give most of their constituents a tax cut even as it retained cuts to popular deductions. 

Hours before Tuesday’s vote, several activist groups rallied outside of Walters’ Irvine office.

“We will not rest while we have a chance to stop this thing,” Eddie Kurtz, executive director of the California-based progressive group Courage Campaign, said before the vote. “We will not rest until the final gavel falls.”