ALBANY, N.Y. -- Shortly after Republicans in the House of Representatives passed their tax overhaul bill, Gov. Andrew Cuomo claimed he had personally called New York lawmakers to lobby against the bill.
"I talked all of them," Cuomo said. "They all had the same line, which was my political leaders are forcing me to vote for it. You don't work for your political leaders. You work for the people who elected you."
Only House Republicans from New York say none of that is true — he never called them nor did they tell him leadership was pressuring them to vote for the measure.
"It was all fabricated; bold face lie, no mischaracterization, bold face lie," said Rep. Chris Collins (R-27).
Cuomo has sharply criticized the tax bill for ending state and local tax deductions and capping deductions on property taxes at $10,000, but Collins says Cuomo's criticism is undermine by his false claim about the phone call.
"If the governor is willing to lie about something as trivial as saying he called me on the phone when he didn't, we know now he's lying for sure about issues surrounding tax reform," Collins said.
A Cuomo spokesman later clarified Cuomo was speaking broadly about the political pressures Republicans were under to get the tax bill done. However, even those who voted against the bill, like Congressman John Faso (R-19), were still singled out by the governor for criticism.
"It really is a head-spinner because he attacked the people who voted for the bill and he attacked people who voted against it," Faso said.
Cuomo told reporters at a separate event Thursday that Congressman John Faso should resign over the bill's passage. Faso voted against the measure, but said Friday he's open to changes for deductibility.
"If there was a phase out over a period of years, it would at least provide some predictability for people," Faso said.
And Faso also did not rule out backing a provision included in a revised bill like the one being considered in the Senate that would repeal the requirement that Americans purchase health insurance coverage, a central part of the Affordable Care Act.