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News Thursday, Nov 16 2017

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

Nov 16, 2017

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 he would protect.

Republican Members of Congress from California Who Voted for the House Tax Plan

  1. Doug LaMalfa (CA-1)
  2. Paul Cook (CA-8)
  3. Jeff Denham (CA-10)
  4. David Valadao (CA-21)
  5. Devin Nunes (CA-22)
  6. Kevin McCarthy (CA-23)
  7. Steve Knight (CA-25)
  8. Ed Royce (CA-39)
  9. Ken Calvert (CA-42)
  10. Mimi Walters (CA-45)
  11. Duncan Hunter (CA-50)

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 3,700,000 California taxpayers will see a tax hike in 2027 under the House majority tax plan. [Center for American Progress, 11/15/17]


Cutting Medicare

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

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