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DelBene Supports Amendments to Help Middle-Class Families in Markup of Ryan-McConnell Tax Bill

Republicans are rushing their partisan tax bill, blocking Democrats from amending the legislation, which could reach the House floor as soon as next week.

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Washington, D.C., November 7, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01), who serves on the House Ways and Means Committee, continued marking up the Ryan-McConnell tax bill today. The Republican bill would eliminate key deductions used by middle-class families, such as the medical expense deduction, the deduction for student loan interest and housing. According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, 20 percent of taxpayers would pay more by 2027.

DelBene spoke in support of amendments to provide parity between individuals and businesses in the ability to deduct sales taxes, reinstate the adoption tax credit and incentivize employer apprenticeship programs, but Republicans blocked them all. Video can be found HERE, HERE and HERE respectively.

“When we talk about whether this legislation treats corporations and individuals the same, the answer is no,” DelBene said when pointing to disparities between the treatment of real people versus companies under the Republican plan.

The House Ways and Means Committee will continue consideration of the Republican tax bill tomorrow. DelBene will offer amendments on healthcare and other issues important to middle-class families.

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