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Clarke Opposes Republican Tax Bill

Clarke Opposes Republican Tax Bill

 WASHINGTON- Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke issued this statement following today’s GOP tax vote. Clarke voted against the bill:

“Policy reflects priorities and the GOP’s priorities are clear: billionaires first, everybody else second.

“Eighty-six percent of middle class families will pay more in taxes. Americans will face higher healthcare premiums and 13 million people will lose their coverage altogether.

“Twenty-five billion dollars will be cut from Medicare. The bill slashes the highly popular state and local tax (SALT) deductions and increases the debt by as much as $2.2 trillion, leaving our children and grandchildren to deal with crushing debt. What’s worse, good paying jobs will be shipped overseas.

“This bill supports Republicans’ trickle-down delusions, not analysis or facts.  It was written first and foremost for the wealthiest one percent, lobbyists and donors, not ordinary Americans.

“Every Republican who voted for this legislation will be forced to answer why they chose the donor class over the working class. Republicans will have to explain why they’ve made corporate tax cuts permanent, while making tax cuts for hard-working American families temporary.

“The American people will continue to make their voices heard and hold Republicans accountable for this tax scam.

“Republicans own this.”