Levin Floor Statement on Republican Tax Bill

Nov 16, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (MI-09) today gave the following remarks on the House Floor on H.R. 1, the Ryan-McConnell Republican tax plan:

(Remarks as delivered)

“The Republican tax bill is built on massive deception.

“The deception is that, as the Speaker put it, "The focus is on middle class tax relief."

“That is simply not true. As the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation said, roughly one out of every four Americans with incomes between $50,000 and $100,000 would pay higher taxes in 2023. And far overshadowing the one thousand dollars or so for other families, in 2019 those earning over $1 million would get an average tax cut of $73,000.

“Even as modified in last minute desperation, the wealthiest would receive 90% of the new tax break for so-called pass-through income.

“Another deception is that tax breaks pay for themselves. On this, some people may have been in the past fooled once, fewer twice, but none thrice.

“A further deception is that exploding the deficit and national debt to $1.7 trillion will disappear as it promotes growth. Not only is this a 180 degree Republican turn, but it threatens Medicare and other critical programs, and will worsen the vast inequalities in income and wealth in America.

“It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. In this case Republican political necessity is the mother of desperation and deception.”