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DeLauro Votes No On GOP Tax Scam

November 16, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (November, 17, 2017) - Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today voted no on the Republican tax bill, which cuts taxes for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations while raising taxes on middle class families. She spoke from the House Floor on November 15, 2017 in opposition to the bill.

Here are DeLauro’s remarks, as delivered:

I rise in strong opposition to the rule and to the Republican tax scam. The biggest economic challenge of our time is that so many people who play by the rules are in jobs that do not pay enough to live on. Wages are not keeping up with rising costs.

Too many families struggle to make ends meet. They have the rising cost of healthcare, of childcare, of housing—and meanwhile, big corporations, millionaires, and billionaires write the rules to make government work for them—and Republicans are their comrades in arms in rigging the game against the middle class. Enough is enough.

It cuts taxes for the wealthiest Americans, raises taxes on middle class families, and increases the deficit. And worse, it encourages companies who outsource American jobs. Congress must put middle class families and jobs before corporations that have not been loyal to their employees and to our country. When you outsource jobs, you drive wages down here at home.

Let me mention the Child Tax Credit. The Republican proposal leaves behind vulnerable families—military, rural, large families, minimum wage workers, and those with the youngest children.

Do not let them get away with this scam. This is not reform. It is tax cuts for the wealthy, and I oppose it.