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December 19th, 2017
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) offered his response to House passage of the Republican Tax Plan that gives a tax break to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.
“A decade from now, Americans will look back on this day as one of the darkest days in Congressional history. Republicans are jamming a tax bill down all our throats without a single hearing, zero bipartisan input, and without listening at all to the American families and small businesses it will ruin. This partisan bill gives a permanent tax cut to the largest corporations and richest GOP donors, paid for by the middle class. Over the next few years, while the wealthiest see more money in their pockets, the majority of American families will see their taxes increase, paychecks go down, and healthcare costs go up. That’s why the American people oppose the bill 2:1.
“Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the White House, so if they were proud of their bill, they would have let it stand up to public scrutiny through the normal Congressional process of hearings and debate–something Speaker Paul Ryan promised the Congress and the American people when he was sworn in. Instead, the only voices who had real input were the biggest GOP donors. This tax bill is a threat to the economy and our national security. The way it is being passed is a threat to our democratic government.
“All of this reinforces why I am working to bring a new generation of leaders to Congress. When Democrats take back Congress, we must pass tax reform that will invest in the middle class, not assault it; that will grow the new businesses that are driving our economy, not corporate monopolies; and that will invest in American working families, not lobbyists and political donors. If this tax bill passes, let’s take it as a call to action to bring a new generation of Democratic leadership to Congress that will have the courage to stand up to the lobbyist and donor class and give power back to the American people.”
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