Scott Statement on Shameful Republican Tax Reform Bill
Washington, December 19, 2017
Congressman David Scott (GA-13) issued the following statement today after the Republican-led House voted to enact the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
“Today Republicans in the House turned their backs on millions of hard-working, middle class American families by passing a cruel and deceitful tax scam. This heartless bill provides so-called tax reform by raising taxes on tens of millions of middle class families and giving 83 percent of the tax cuts to the wealthiest 1 percent.
“It is shameful that Republicans rushed to pass this bill and its far-reaching changes without any significant bipartisan input or consideration.
“It is shameful that Republicans voted today to add $2.3 trillion to our national deficit.
“It is shameful that this disgraceful bill gives a new tax break to corporations shipping American jobs overseas while depleting Medicare and Medicaid with $1.5 trillion in cuts.
“And it is shameful that Republicans moved swiftly to check this issue off their Christmas political wish-list rather than buckling down and taking equally swift action to avert a federal government shutdown, reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program that expired months ago, pass the bipartisan DREAM Act, address the VA’s appalling budget shortfall to care for our veterans, or provide critically-needed emergency disaster funding for all hurricane- and wildfire-impacted communities.
“Once again, Republicans in the House shamelessly voted against the interests of children, seniors, families, workers at risk of having their jobs shipped overseas, teachers, police officers, firefighters and veterans. The crushing cuts, that will be necessary because of the bill adopted by the House today, will have devastating consequences for years to come all across this country.”