Blunt Rochester Issues Statement Following the Passage of the House Republican Tax Plan

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Washington, November 16, 2017 | Kyle Morse (202-695-0494) | comments

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Blunt Rochester (DE-AL) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1 the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on a vote of 227-205.

“When Delawareans sent me to Washington, they put their faith in me to stand with middle-class families, promote small business growth, and make smart investments that increase our economic competitiveness and prepare our country for the challenges of the future, but the House Republican’s tax plan does none of these things,” said Congresswoman Blunt Rochester. “This week, I hosted a telephone town hall, and I heard from Delawareans across the state who shared their concerns about the proposal. Whether it’s adding 1.5 trillion dollars to the deficit or gutting valuable middle-class tax deductions, like the mortgage interest deduction, the medical expense deduction, or the student loan interest deduction, any way you slice it, it’s a bad deal for Delaware, and I’m proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with my constituents in opposition to this bill.”

“It’s clear that our country is in dire need of genuine tax reform that promotes business growth and economic investment. For lawmakers on either side of the aisle, we agree the tax code needs to be simplified, that we need to ease the tax burden on hardworking middle-class families that need a leg up, and that we need to do it without handing off mountains of debt to our children and grandchildren. That’s why I call on my colleagues to go back to the drawing board and work with Democrats to come up with a bipartisan plan that meets the needs of all Americans, not just the wealthiest among us.”

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