American Bridge Statement on Passage of GOP Bill That Raises Taxes on Middle Class

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah released the following statement after Republicans in Congress passed the GOP tax scam that hurts the middle class:

“Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress just sold out middle class Americans to give big corporations and their wealthy campaign donors a Christmas gift. They jammed through a sham bill that raises taxes on millions of middle class families, makes health care more expensive, cuts Medicare, and skyrockets our deficit, all to give the super-wealthy huge tax breaks. Put simply, it’s a complete betrayal of working Americans, and they will hold Republicans accountable for breaking their promises.”

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Steve Pearce Chooses Donald Trump Over New Mexico

Today, Congress voted on the final version of Trump’s tax bill, a massive giveaway to the richest 1% of Americans and corporations at the expense of middle class families. In addition to tax giveaways to the wealthiest, the bill puts 53% of American taxpayers at risk of a tax hike by 2027 – but those corporate tax cuts, which business leaders admit they’ll use to reward wealthy shareholders, are permanent. Even worse, the bill would cut Medicare by $25 billion next year and cuts healthcare to 13 million people.

New Mexico Congressman Steve Pearce, now a candidate for Governor in 2018, unsurprisingly voted for this legislation that further rigs the system against working families. Just take a look at the numbers in New Mexico:

In 2027, the lowest-earning 60% of New Mexicans will see their taxes increase, while the richest 1% will get to fatten their wallets to the tune […]

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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 […]

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BREAKING: Four Members of Congress From New York Vote To Raise Taxes On Middle Class Americans, Cut Medicare, And Send Jobs Overseas 

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp released the following statement in response to four members of Congress from New York voting to pass the House Republican tax plan:

“Putting their party over what is best for New York, four Republican members of Congress from the state just voted to raise taxes on 36 million middle class Americans — including 1,690,000 New Yorkers — cut Medicare by $25 billion, and outsource American jobs, all to cut taxes for the very rich and big business. This is a disastrous plan that sells-out hardworking, average Americans who are counting on jobs and a better economic future. Voters deserve better, and they will hold these members accountable.”

Yesterday, American Bridge’s Bridge Project released a new digital ad running nationally on Facebook, “Trumps Tax Plan Sells You Out,” which highlights warnings that the Republican tax plan would break Donald Trump’s #1 promise and […]

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BREAKING: MacArthur Votes To Raise Taxes On Middle Class Americans, Cut Medicare, And Sent Jobs Overseas  

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp released the following statement in response to Congressman Tom MacArthur voting to pass the Trump tax plan:

“Putting his party over what is best for New Jersey, Rep. Tom MacArthur just voted to raise taxes on 36 million middle class Americans — including 864,000 New Jersyans — cut Medicare by $25 billion, and outsource American jobs, all to cut taxes for the very rich and big business. This is a disastrous plan that sells-out hardworking, average Americans who are counting on jobs and a better economic future. Voters deserve better, and they will hold him accountable.”

Yesterday, American Bridge’s Bridge Project released a new digital ad running nationally on Facebook, “Trumps Tax Plan Sells You Out,” which highlights warnings that the Republican tax plan would break Donald Trump’s #1 promise and help outsource American jobs he said he would protect.

Raising Taxes on Middle […]

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BREAKING: 11 Californian Members of Congress vote to raise taxes on middle class Americans, cut Medicare, and send jobs overseas 

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp released the following statement in response to 11 members of Congress from California voting to pass the House Republican tax plan:

“Putting their party over what is best for California, 11 Republican members of Congress from the state just voted to raise taxes on 36 million middle class Americans — including 3,700,000 Californians — cut Medicare by $25 billion, and outsource American jobs, all to cut taxes for the very rich and big business. This is a disastrous plan that sells-out hardworking, average Americans who are counting on jobs and a better economic future. Voters deserve better, and they will hold these members accountable.”

Yesterday, American Bridge’s Bridge Project released a new digital ad running nationally on Facebook, “Trumps Tax Plan Sells You Out,” which highlights warnings that the Republican tax plan would break Donald Trump’s #1 promise and help outsource American jobs he said […]

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BREAKING: McSally votes to raise taxes on middle class Americans, cut Medicare, and send jobs overseas 

American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp released the following statement in response to Rep. Martha McSally’s vote to pass the House Republican tax plan:

“Putting her party over what is best for Arizonans, Rep. Martha McSally just voted to raise taxes on 36 million middle class Americans — including 426,000 Arizonans — cut Medicare by $25 billion, and outsource American jobs — all to cut taxes for the very rich and big business. This is a disastrous plan that sells-out hardworking, average Americans who are counting on jobs and a better economic future. Voters deserve better, and they will hold her accountable.”

Yesterday, American Bridge’s Bridge Project released a new digital ad running nationally on Facebook, “Trumps Tax Plan Sells You Out,” which highlights warnings that the Republican tax plan would break Donald Trump’s #1 promise and help outsource American jobs he said […]

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What They’re Saying About the Democratic Landslide and 2018

The Democratic landslide across the country is the latest sign of a wave coming in 2018. Republicans are divided and dysfunctional while working through an internal civil war that has already resulted in repeated legislative failures, a lost year of recruitment problems, and a wave of bloody primaries. Add in a new flood of retirements and you have a recipe for disaster in 2018.

To make things worse, Republicans have no strategy to move forward. For those who thought the key to success was to mimic Trump, Virginia proved otherwise, as voters roundly rejected Ed Gillespie’s race-baiting campaign.

For more about what the 2017 elections mean for Senate, House, and gubernatorial races in 2018, read American Bridge’s election night memo.

Here’s what people are saying about what last night’s returns mean in 2018:

CNN: “The race for Virginia governor on Tuesday night wasn’t very close. And Republicans have Donald Trump to […]

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Memo: Following Virginia Victory, Democrats Are Poised for 2018 Gains

MEMO

To: Interested Parties
From: Bradley Beychok, American Bridge 21st Century President
Date: 11/7/2017
Subject: Following Virginia Victory, Democrats Are Poised for 2018 Gains

The Democratic victory in Virginia is a sign of a coming wave in 2018. If we stay on this trajectory, Democrats are going to have a very successful 2018.

What you should be watching: the margin in Alabama next month. If the margin in Alabama surprises you the way Democrats surprised you tonight, Republicans shouldn’t be bracing for a wave in 2018 — they should be bracing for a tsunami

Across Virginia and in every 2018 battleground state, Democrats are enthusiastic and motivated, while Republicans are mired in dysfunction, chaos, and controversy. They are also demoralized as a result of their inability to accomplish their legislative goals, and as a result, are lagging in support and fundraising. Furthermore, they have no strategy to move forward; for those who thought the key to success was to mimic Trump, Virginia proved otherwise, as voters […]

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Spineless Republicans Are Avoiding Town Halls

Congressional Republicans have been terrified of meeting their constituents since Trump took office — and nearly half haven’t held a single town hall since January 20, despite all of the time they have spent back in their districts. With the stakes in Washington higher than ever, Members of Congress owe it to their constituents to hear their thoughts and concerns.

Mic: Nearly half of Republicans have yet to hold a public town hall since Donald Trump took office

By Will Drabold | September 8, 2017

“It’s been 231 days since Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States. In that time, nearly half of Republicans in Congress have still not held a public town hall with constituents.”

“The numbers, shared exclusively with Mic, show 167 Republican members of the House and Senate have yet to hold a town hall. Of the 242 Democrats, 217 have held at least one.”

‘”There’s no excuse at […]

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