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Congressman Price Issues Statement on House Passage of GOP Tax Scam

December 19, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (Dec. 19, 2017) – On Tuesday, December 19, Congressman David Price (D-NC) issued the following statement after the House voted to pass H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” 

“Congressional Republicans have shown their true colors. For years, my colleagues on the right have stressed the need for fiscal discipline and for responsible congressional procedures. They have promised tax reform that simplifies the tax code and benefits working families. They have refused to fund infrastructure, health care, and other vital priorities without offsetting the cost.

We can now clearly see their words were nothing but lip service and false promises. Despite not releasing the text of their 1,000-page tax package until late Friday, House Republicans fast-tracked a vote on a sloppily drafted bill that raises taxes on millions of middle class families, adds $1.5 trillion to the national debt, and explodes healthcare premiums and the ranks of the uninsured. Plain and simple, the GOP Tax Scam asks hard-working families and future generations of Americans to foot the bill for huge tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. An astounding 83 percent of the bill’s tax cuts go to the wealthiest one percent of the population. And the tax code is more complicated than ever!

Rather than working with Democrats in Congress to grow the economy, simplify our tax code, and lower the tax burden for middle class families, the GOP has jeopardized our economic future to give tax cuts to corporate lobbyists and their campaign benefactors. Republicans in the Senate should reject this tax scam before it can get to the President’s desk.”