Shaheen Statement on Senate GOP Tax BillNovember 17, 2017
(Washington, DC) – Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement on the Senate Republican tax bill, which was approved by the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday evening:
“We need bipartisan tax reform that simplifies our tax code to help small businesses and delivers meaningful relief to middle-class families. Sadly, the tax bill approved last night is a partisan effort that doesn’t meet any of those goals,” said Senator Shaheen. “This bill would add over one and a half trillion dollars to our national debt and hurt Granite State students, seniors and working families, all to provide tax cuts to the very wealthy and large corporations. I stand ready to work with Republicans and Democrats to reform our tax code, but we need a bill that’s fiscally responsible, helps grow our economy and prioritizes the middle class.”
According to a report by the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation, the Senate GOP tax bill would increase taxes on Americans earning $75,000 annually per year by 2027.
In addition, the Senate Republican tax bill would:
- Reduce the number of insured Americans by 13 million by repealing a key provision of the Affordable Care Act;
- Lead to a $25 billion cut to Medicare;
- Eliminate the state and local tax deduction (SALT), which 204,000 Granite State homeowners rely on to deduct property taxes;
- Prevent 80,000 Granite Staters with student loan debt from deducting interest on student loans;
- And add $1.5 trillion to the national debt to afford passing permanent tax cuts for corporations.
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