Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Passage of Disastrous Senate GOP Tax Bill
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement in response to the Senate passing a Republican tax scheme that will devastate hardworking American families in the dead of night.
“Now that Republicans in the Senate have passed this abhorrent tax legislation, members of both chambers will go to a Conference Committee to hammer out a final bill. If this GOP-controlled Congress had an ounce of moral authority left, the Committee’s job would be a simple one: toss both bills into the nearest dumpster. Half of all Americans and 82 million middle-class families will face a tax increase under this scam. The GOP is mortgaging away our long-term economic future for the short-term gains of a wealthy few. They are prepared to blow a giant hole in our deficit, borrow huge sums from China to give tax breaks to corporations already making record profits, and inflict further pain on the middle class by cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education, and other important programs Americans rely on. Congress should be doing everything in our power to make life easier—not harder—for the hardworking men and women of this country. This bill seems to have been written to accomplish exactly the opposite. It steals precious resources from key investments like education, building a twenty first century transportation system, and fighting the opiate addiction epidemic. It weakens our country and will make it impossible for us to grow our economy, lift wages, and secure pensions for American families,” said Congressman Ryan.