American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp released the following statement in response to Rep. Lou Barletta’s vote to pass the House Republican tax plan:
“Putting his party over what is best for Pennsylanians, Rep. Lou Barletta just voted to raise taxes on 36 million middle class Americans — including 713,000 Pennsylvanians — 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 Class Americans
The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates that the House Republican tax bill would raise taxes on 36 million middle class Americans. [Tax Policy Center, 11/13/2017]
Further, the Center for American Progress estimates that 713,000 Pennsylvania
taxpayers will see a tax hike in 2027 under the House majority tax plan. [Center for American Progress, 11/15/17
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Republican tax plan that just passed the House would cut Medicare by $25 billion. [Congressional Budget Office, 11/14/2017
Encouraging the Outsourcing of American Jobs
Numerous economic experts warn that the House Republican tax proposals create enormous new incentives for the outsourcing of American jobs by charging higher rates on domestic profits than foreign profits, encouraging companies to move operations offshore. Yesterday, even a Republican Senator echoed these concerns.
- Tax Policy Co-Director William Gale: “The plan would also move the U.S. toward a territorial tax system, under which U.S. companies would pay no U.S. taxes on their foreign income. That would encourage them to ship jobs, capital, and profits overseas.” [Brookings Institution, 10/20/2017]
- Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy: “This would worsen the already substantial problem of corporate tax avoidance and result in more jobs and investment leaving the United States.” [Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, 9/18/2017]
- Former National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling: “Why would Trump and Republicans in Congress support a plan designed to incentivize sending jobs overseas and transferring tax revenues from the U.S. to other countries? The answer is that such a plan would please large multinational companies, who lobbied heavily for a minimum tax on foreign earnings to be watered down. In other words, instead of a minimum tax that would discourage companies from moving jobs and shifting profits overseas, Trump and congressional Republicans have settled on one that would encourage more of both.” [The Atlantic, 11/1/2017]
- Center for American Progress: “Such an approach would reward massive corporate tax avoidance and lose revenue needed to invest in the domestic economy—and it could hurt American workers by further incentivizing offshoring of investment and jobs.” [Center for American Progress, 9/22/2017]
Published: Nov 16, 2017