Blunt Rochester Issues Statement After Voting Against Advancing Republican Tax Legislation to Conference Committee

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Washington, December 4, 2017 | Kyle Morse (202-695-0494) | comments
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Blunt Rochester (DE-AL) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to advance Republican tax legislation to a joint conference committee with the Senate.

“From my conversations with Delawareans up and down the state, they’ve made it clear we need meaningful tax reform that creates an environment for small businesses to thrive and invests in the innovative research and technology that leads to long-term growth. And that we need to do it while protecting the pockets of middle-class families and the promise of the American Dream,” said Congresswoman Blunt Rochester. “Unfortunately, the Republican plan doesn’t accomplish these goals or address the needs of Delaware and our shared economic future, which is why I voted against this bill."

“From the onset, Republican Leaders have negotiated behind closed doors with Washington special interest groups, instead of working with Democrats to craft tax legislation that works for hardworking middle-class families. This is a flawed process, producing a flawed product that will add over a trillion dollars to the deficit. And when you take a closer look at their bills, they also eliminate provisions that make college more affordable and protect middle-class families from going into debt while taking care of their loved ones or a child with a disability."

“I encourage my Republican colleagues to start fresh and work across the aisle. I would support a bipartisan plan that modernizes the tax code, makes smart investments in our future, and increases U.S. competitiveness in the global economy. We need to put forward a package that ensures our tax system is fairer and levels the playing field for the middle-class, instead of passing out tax breaks to special interests and the wealthiest among us."

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