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DelBene: Our Children Shouldn’t Foot the Bill for Tax Cuts to the Wealthiest Americans

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Washington, D.C., October 26, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today opposed the Republican’s budget, which would have damaging effects on working families.

“This is not a serious budget designed to help middle-class families. Instead, this budget is simply a vehicle to rush through a partisan tax proposal using a process known as reconciliation. And what’s worse, the Ryan-McConnell tax plan would add trillions of dollars to the deficit – making our children foot the bill for a tax cuts that disproportionately benefit  the wealthiest Americans,” DelBene said. “Republicans have cooked up a plan behind closed doors that could actually increase taxes on working families. This is a backroom deal that puts politics before the best interests of the nation, and I cannot accept it.”

Video of DelBene’s floor speech can be found HERE.

Republicans needed to pass a budget in order to use a procedural tool in the Senate called reconciliation, which allows them to pass legislation with a simple majority instead of the usual 60 votes. That’s how they hope to pass their partisan tax proposal rather than working across the aisle on true, comprehensive reforms that benefit all Americans. The Tax Policy Center has estimated that the Ryan-McConnell tax plan could raise taxes on families earning between $50,000 and $150,000 a year by an average of $1,209 a year.

DelBene serves on the House Budget Committee as well as the House Ways and Means Committee, both of which have jurisdiction over these issues.

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