Statement by Chairman Zody on House Republicans’ passage of the conference committee’s GOP tax bill

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody released the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed the latest version of the GOP tax bill, 227-203, with only Republican votes:

“Congressmen Messer and Rokita and their Republican allies could have reached across the aisle and worked with Democrats to create a fairer tax code. Instead, they’ve ignored bipartisan opposition and rammed through the McConnell bill, raising taxes on millions of middle class Americans to fund tax breaks for the wealthiest of us and corporations who ship jobs to other countries. Under the McConnell tax bill, the top one percent of Americans would receive 83 percent of the benefits, while taxes ten years from now would rise for a majority of taxpayers. And the cost for this bill, written by the same Republicans who have spent years beating their chests about fiscal discipline? When all is said and done, it could be as high as $2.2 trillion.

“Republicans like Congressman Messer and Congressman Rokita have convinced themselves to look past the bill’s stark unpopularity and the numerous economists who have panned it because they’d rather run on the McConnell tax bill next year instead of a bipartisan plan that protects the middle class. In the eyes of millions of Hoosiers, they’re choosing partisanship over the people they were elected to represent.”

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