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DelBene Statement on Release of Ryan-McConnell Tax Plan

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Washington, D.C., November 2, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today issued the following statement after Republicans released the bill text of the Ryan-McConnell tax plan:

“As a new member of the House Ways and Means Committee, I’m incredibly disappointed Republicans are pushing partisan legislation and denying Democrats a seat at the table on a major policy debate that touches every American’s life. Real people want real tax reform, whether you’re a small-business owner creating jobs in our community, a family saving for your child’s college tuition, a senior trying to pay for prescription drugs or an innovator discovering the next medical breakthrough. But from what I can tell, the Ryan-McConnell plan is just more tax cuts for the wealthiest paid for on the backs of our children and grandchildren,” 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 and wealthy special interests ahead of our nation’s future. I will carefully review this bill and hope we can accomplish something that has a positive, lasting impact on families, small businesses and innovators across the country, but that can only happen if Republicans abandon their partisan approach.”

DelBene serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over the tax code. The committee is currently expected to consider this proposal on Nov. 6, after holding only four tax-related hearings this year. Prior to 1986, the last time Congress passed a major tax overhaul, the committee underwent a year-long review of tax reform proposals, with 30 days of public hearings and a 26 day markup of legislative text.  

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