Chairman Crowley Statement on House Republicans’ Plan to Raise Taxes on Hardworking Families

November 2, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement on House Republican’s tax bill that will increases taxes on middle class families, while saddling future generations with massive debt:

“The Republican tax plan is little more than a political scam. It would levy considerable debt onto our children in order to provide lavish benefits to the wealthy, well-connected, and special interests. It is not tax reform, but instead a corporate giveaway that would decimate the middle-class and working families.

“The decision by House Republicans to remove critical provisions like the state and local tax deduction and levy new taxes on homeowners punishes my constituents in Queens and the Bronx and stops everyday Americans from finding and maintaining financial security. This plan strips away the ability for Americans to deduct medical costs, imposes new taxes on seniors and disabled veterans, and rewards the offshoring of jobs.

“This is simply unacceptable to Democrats.

“Democrats have said time and time again that we are eager to work with Republicans on a tax reform plan that boosts hardworking families, expands economic opportunity for all Americans, and spurs job growth. House Republicans turned us down. Democrats will continue to fight for real reform that will lift up our middle class and strengthen our economy.”