Congressman DeSaulnier’s Statement on Passage of the Republican Tax Scam

December 19, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) issued the following statement after Republicans voted to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R.1) out of the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 227-to-203.

“Hatched in secret and rushed through Congress, this lopsided bill increases taxes on more than half of all middle class families, at least 5.5 million of which are Californians, and fans the flames of inequality in our country. With more than 80 percent of the bill’s benefits going to the top 1%—people like President Trump, his family, and billionaire political donors— and to corporations, our children will be left to pay the bill.   

“The long-term effects of this plan, which adds $2.2 trillion to the national debt and causes 13 million to lose health coverage, will be devastating to the American public and will lead to future cuts to programs middle class families depend on, like Medicare and Social Security. In the interim, families in California will lose the ability to fully deduct their state and local taxes (SALT), double-taxing on average $13,000 of annual income - a change that will impact many families in my district. There have been very few times in my career that I have been as discouraged as I have been watching Republicans pull this fast-one on the American people.”