House Republicans Vote to Advance Tax Cuts for the Wealthy While Raising Them On Millions of Middle Class Families 

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp released the following statement after House Republicans voted to create a conference committee that would move closer toward the Trump-Republican tax plan becoming law — which would overwhelmingly benefit the rich and corporations at the expense of the American middle class and which the American people oppose 2 to 1:

“Each of these members just effectively voted to raise taxes on millions of families, slash Medicare funding, and send the budget deficit through the roof, all so the wealthiest Americans and big business can gain new tax cuts. Voters are asking their leaders for economic policies that reward hard work and help them get ahead — not giveaways to the wealthiest that come with a staggering cost for the middle class. Next year, Republicans will have to answer for this at the ballot box.”

The respective Trump-Republican tax bills that this committee would reconcile both raise taxes on millions of middle class Americans and working families, cut Medicare by $25 billion immediately (with additional cuts in subsequent years) and grow the national deficit, all to cut taxes for the rich and large corporations.  If the conference committee approves specific parts of the Senate tax bill, then this package will also take health coverage from 13 million Americans while raising premiums across the board.

The following members of Congress in competitive House districts were among the Republicans who voted to go to conference:

  • Tom Reed (NY-23)
  • John Katko (NY-24)
  • Chris Collins (NY-27)
  • Tom MacArthur (NJ-3)
  • Doug LaMalfa (CA-1)
  • Paul Cook (CA-8)
  • Jeff Denham (CA-10)
  • David Valadao (CA-21)
  • Devin Nunes (CA-22)
  • Kevin McCarthy (CA-23)
  • Steve Knight (CA-25)
  • Ed Royce (CA-39)
  • Ken Calvert (CA-42)
  • Mimi Walters (CA-45)
  • Duncan Hunter (CA-50)
  • Leonard Lance (NJ-7)
  • Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
  • Darrell Issa (CA-49)
  • Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48)