House GOP Passes Tax Bill Devastating to Working Families | Statement by Karen Strickland, President

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November 16, 2017

For immediate release

Contact: Karen Strickland, President, 206-326-0685

 

Statement on Tax Reform Bill Passed Today by U.S. House

Tukwila, WA -- The Republican-controlled House has once again demonstrated its firm determination to worsen the economic stability of our members and their families. All four of our GOP congressmembers — U.S. Representatives Reichert, Herrera Beutler, Newhouse, and McMorris Rodgers — voted along party lines to pass the House tax reform bill.

The harm their tax bill will cause is unconscionable, ranging from the fact that many of their tax breaks for working- and middle-class families are temporary while those for corporations are permanent, to taxing tuition waivers for graduate students as if they were income, to the elimination of the deduction of our state and local sales taxes.

We need elected officials who understand the needs of their constituents and the majority of Americans in our country, and take action to build us up, not tear us down. 

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