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As Election Day Nears, Pelosi’s Lamb Sounds More And More Like Her

- February 21, 2018

CONOR LAMB CONTINUES TO OPPOSE A TAX CUT BILL THAT HAS HELPED PENNSYLVANIA WORKERS

This Week, Lamb Doubled Down In His Opposition To Tax Cuts

During The Pennsylvania 18th Congressional District Debate, Conor Lamb Doubled Down On His Opposition To The Republican Tax Cut Bill, Saying "My Mind Has Not Changed." CONOR LAMB: "It was a giveaway, I don't think that was right, so to answer your question, my mind is not changed." (KDKA-TV's " 18th Congressional District Debate ," 2/19/18)

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Lamb Has Previously Said That The Tax Cut Bill Does Not "Address Any Of The Real Problems That We Have In This District." "'I don't see how it addresses any of the real problems that we have in this district,' Mr. Lamb said, citing the need to address crumbling infrastructure and opioid addiction." (Chris Potter, "Lamb, Saccone Both Hope For Blue-Collar Support In Special Congressional Election," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , 12/22/17)

  • Lamb Has Also Claimed The Tax Cut Bill Is Giving Away A Trillion Dollars To The One Percent And Corporations And The "Rest Of Us" Are Going To Pay For It. "'We could have had a tax cut, and should have had a tax cut, without giving away a trillion dollars to the one percent and corporations,' Lamb said after a rally here. 'And when I say they gave it away, the rest of us are going to have to pay for that in the future.'" (David Weigel, "The First Congressional Election Of 2018: A Test Of Trump In Western Pennsylvania," The Washington Post , 1/17/18)
  • Conor Lamb Tweeted That The Republican Tax Bill Was "Written By & For Corporate Lobbyists." "Complete betrayal of the middle class. We were promised infrastructure & jobs, instead we get big tax cuts for the rich written by & for corporate lobbyists. People in #PA18 are tired of being lied to. We'll put an end to this hypocrisy on March 13th." (Conor Lamb, Twitter Feed , 12/1/17)

Despite Lamb's Supposed Disapproval Of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi , His Talking Points Mimic The Minority Leader's Unpopular Anti-Tax Reform Rhetoric

Pelosi Called The Bonuses Given As A Result Of The Tax Cut Bill "Pathetic" And Described Them As "Crumbs." "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday dismissed as 'crumbs' the recent wave of bonuses given to workers by large corporations in the wake of the Republican tax law's passage. 'In terms of the bonus that corporate America received versus the crumbs that they are giving workers to kind of put the schmooze on is so pathetic,' Pelosi told reporters." (Bob Bryan, "Nancy Pelosi Says Companies' Bonuses To Workers Because Of The Tax Bill Are 'Crumbs,'" Business Insider , 1/11/18)

After Being Criticized, Pelosi Remained Committed To Her Statements, Saying "I'll Repeat That." "'A banquet for everyone up here. Crumbs for people down here. I'll repeat that,' she said, a reference to Republicans who have criticized her for calling the effects of the law 'crumbs.' Republican groups have seized upon Pelosi's characterization of the benefits some are seeing, which include one-time bonuses in the hundreds or thousands of dollars." (Al Weaver, "'I'll Repeat That': Nancy Pelosi Won't Back Down From Calling GOP Tax Cutes 'Crumbs,'" The Washington Examiner , 2/15/18)

Pelosi Is Facing Pushback From "Prominent Democrats" Who Think Her Line Of Attack "Is Not An Effective Messaging Strategy." "In a rare rebuke of their party leader, at least six prominent Democrats have gone on the record to say House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's latest line targeting the GOP tax cuts is not an effective messaging strategy." (Alayna Treene, "Prominent Democrats Rebuke Pelosi For Calling Tax Bonuses 'Crumbs,'" Axios , 2/20/18)

  • Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN): "I Would Not Describe It As Crumbs." "Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN): 'I would not describe it as crumbs,' Ellison told Business Insider. 'The income inequality is so bad that if you could pick up 1,000 or 900 bucks, maybe it helps.'" (Alayna Treene, "Prominent Democrats Rebuke Pelosi For Calling Tax Bonuses 'Crumbs,'" Axios , 2/20/18)
  • Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM): "I Recognize That Something Was In There" And "Anything Makes A Difference." "Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: 'I recognize that something was in there. And where I come from, anything makes a difference,' Luján told CNN." (Alayna Treene, "Prominent Democrats Rebuke Pelosi For Calling Tax Bonuses 'Crumbs,'" Axios , 2/20/18)
  • Representative Joe Crowley (D-NY): "Any Increase In Their Take-Home Is Significant" For People Making $40,000 A Year And "I Don't Want To Diminish It At All." "Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY): 'I think for people making $40,000 a year, any increase in their take-home is significant for them, and I don't want to diminish that at all,' Crowley said at a press conference." (Alayna Treene, "Prominent Democrats Rebuke Pelosi For Calling Tax Bonuses 'Crumbs,'" Axios , 2/20/18)
  • Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX): "I Would Not Use Crumbs Personally, And I Think A Lot Of Blue Dogs Would Not Use Crumbs." "Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX): 'I would not use crumbs personally, and I think a lot of Blue Dogs would not use crumbs,' Cuellar told Politico." (Alayna Treene, "Prominent Democrats Rebuke Pelosi For Calling Tax Bonuses 'Crumbs,'" Axios , 2/20/18)
  • Representative Emmanuel Cleaver (D-MO): "We Have To Be Very Careful That We Don't Insult People By Saying That The Amount Of Money They Get Is Crumbs." "Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver (D-MO): 'Language is important, and we have to be very careful that we don't insult people by saying that the amount of money they get is crumbs,' Cleaver told Politico. 'We cannot be seen as patricians.'" (Alayna Treene, "Prominent Democrats Rebuke Pelosi For Calling Tax Bonuses 'Crumbs,'" Axios , 2/20/18)
  • Representative John Yarmuth (D-KY): "I Wouldn't Say A Couple Thousand Dollars A Year Is "Crumbs." "John Yarmuth (D-KY): 'I would say it differently," Yarmuth told the Washington Examiner. 'I wouldn't say a couple thousand dollars a year is 'crumbs.'" (Alayna Treene, "Prominent Democrats Rebuke Pelosi For Calling Tax Bonuses 'Crumbs,'" Axios , 2/20/18)

Julie Green, The AFL-CIO Lead For Midterm Campaign Efforts, Said That "If We Spend All Of Our Cycle Running Against The Tax Bill, It's Probably Going To Be A Mistake." "Lamb acknowledges he may not have the easier sell, and some other Democrats agree with him. 'If we spend all of our cycle running against the tax bill, it's probably going to be a mistake,' said Julie Greene, a former Democratic National Committee aide who now leads midterm campaign efforts for the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest union organization." (Bill Borrow, "Pennsylvania Race To Test How Tax Law Plays With Voters," The Associated Press , 2/10/18)

Lamb Said That He Would Want Someone Other Than Pelosi To Be The Democratic Leader In The House. "Democrat Conor Lamb has sought to distance himself from Pelosi, calling for new House Democratic leadership as part of his campaign." (Ben Kamisar, "New GOP Ad Attacks Dem In Pa. Special Election Over Pelosi," The Hill , 1/31/18)

Voters In The Pennsylvania 18th Say They Approve Of The Tax Reform Bill By Twelve Points

A Gravis Marketing Poll Released On February 13, 2018, Shows That 48 Percent Of Voters In Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District Approve Of The Tax Reform Bill. ( Gravis Marketing , 602 LV, 4.2 MoE, 2/13-15/18)

This Stamp Of Approval Comes As Pennsylvania Businesses Are Being Helped By The Tax Cut Bill And Passing Along The Benefits To Their Workers

As A Result Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act, AT&T Will Pay $1,000 Bonuses To Over 200,000 "'Union-Represented, Non-Management" Workers, And Will Invest An Additional $1 Billion Into The United States In 2018 Alone. "AT&T, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier, said it will pay $1,000 bonuses to more than 200,000 employees and invest an additional $1 billion in the United States in 2018, once the tax reform bill is signed into law. An AT&T spokesman said the bonuses were unrelated to the $1,000 that 20,000 AT&T Mobility employees will receive as part of an agreement with the Communications Workers of America announced last week. Employees eligible for the bonus are all 'union-represented, non-management and front-line managers,' AT&T said in a statement." ("AT&T, Two Banks Offer Bonuses, Pay Hikes In Wake Of U.S. Tax Reform," Reuters , 12/20/17)

  • There Are 2,200 AT&T Employees In Pennsylvania. "More than 2,200 AT&T employees working in Pennsylvania as of June 30, 2017." ("Jobs And Economic Support," AT&T, Accessed 1/3/18)

Bank Of America Will Give About 145,000 Employees $1,000 Bonuses, CEO Brian Moynihan Cited The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act As The Reason For The Companies Generosity . "Bank of America will give some of its employees a $1,000 bonus, citing the tax bill that was just signed into law. 'Beginning in 2018, we will see benefits from the tax reform ... in the form of lower corporate tax rates,' CEO Brian Moynihan said in an internal memo to employees obtained by CNBC. He also said that about 145,000 employees will receive the bonus." (Fred Imbert, "Bank Of America Is Giving Some Employees A $1,000 Bonus, Citing Tax Bill," CNBC , 12/22/17)

  • Bank Of America Has 62 Financial Centers In Pennsylvania. ("Pennsylvania," Bank Of America , Accessed 1/3/18)

After The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Passed, Comcast Announced It Would Give $1,000 Bonuses To Over 100,000 Employees And Invest $50 Billion Into Its U.S. Infrastructure In The Next 5 Years. "Cable provider Comcast Corp also said it would give $1,000 bonuses to more than 100,000 employees and invest $50 billion over the next five years in its infrastructure." ("AT&T, Two Banks Offer Bonuses, Pay Hikes In Wake Of U.S. Tax Reform," Reuters , 12/20/17)

  • After The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Passed, Comcast Announced It Would Give $1,000 Bonuses To Over 100,000 Employees And Invest $50 Billion Into Its U.S. Infrastructure In The Next 5 Years. "Cable provider Comcast Corp also said it would give $1,000 bonuses to more than 100,000 employees and invest $50 billion over the next five years in its infrastructure." ("AT&T, Two Banks Offer Bonuses, Pay Hikes In Wake Of U.S. Tax Reform," Reuters , 12/20/17)
  • Comcast Is The 19th Highest Employer In Pennsylvania. ("Top 50 Employers," Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry , Accessed 1/3/17)

PNC Financial Services Said It Will Give $1,000 Bonuses To 90 Percent Of Their Employees Below A Certain Pay Grade, And Will Increase Their Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour By The End Of 2018. "PNC Financial Services PNC, +0.47% became the latest company to say it will pay special bonuses to the bulk of its employees, among other workforce investments, after the tax bill was signed into law Friday. The financial services company said it will provide a $1,000 cash payment in the first quarter of 2018 to about 47,500 employees, or the about 90% of its workforce who are below a certain compensation band. In addition, PNC said it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by the end of 2018, provide an additional $1,500 for employees in the defined benefit pension plan and make a $200 million contribution to the PNC Foundation, which supports early childhood education." (Tomi Kilgore, "PNC To Pay $1,000 Bonuses, Raise Minimum Wage After Tax Bill Signed," Market Watch , 12/22/17)

  • PNC Financial Services Has 20 Wealth Management Offices In Pennsylvania. ("Wealth Management And Hawthorn Office Locations," PNC , Accessed 1/3/18)

Pennsylvania Community Bank, American Bank, Announced That Because Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act It Will Give All Of Its Employees A $1,000 Bonus. "American Bank Incorporated (OTC Pink: AMBK), the parent company of American Bank, today announced that it will be giving its employees an additional $1,000 bonus, citing the tax bill that was just signed into law. American Bank, a community bank headquartered in Allentown Pennsylvania, is joined by a list of larger corporations and Fortune 500 companies across the country that have taken this sort of action following the passage of the bill signed by President Trump on Friday that overhauls the U.S. tax code." (Press Release, "American Bank Announces $1,000 Bonus For Employees, Citing Tax Bill," American Bank , 12/22/17)

  • American Bank Employs 60 Pennsylvanians. "American Bank became the first Lehigh Valley business to publicly announce it is paying $1,000 bonuses to its 60 workers in connection with the tax bill signed Friday by President Donald Trump." ("American Bank PA : Among Companies Promising Tax Bill Bonuses To Employees," 4Traders , 12/22/17)

AccuWeather Committed To Giving All Of Its Employees Bonuses At The End Of 2018, Citing "Strong Confidence In The Growing U.S. And Global Economy Now That The Tax Bill Has Passed." "AccuWeather, the world's fastest-growing provider of forecasts and warnings and a global leader in digital media and weather-related big data, today announced it is pleased to be providing special year-end bonuses to all employees. AccuWeather said the bonuses are possible due to the company's robust financial performance in 2017 and strong confidence in the growing U.S. and global economy now that the Tax Bill has passed." (Press Release, "AccuWeather Announces Special Year-End Bonus And Other Investments To Cap A Year Of Strong Financial Performance, Superior Accuracy," AccuWeather, 12/26/17)

  • AccuWeather's Global Headquarters Is Based In State College, Pennsylvania. "AccuWeather's operation is housed in its Global Headquarters, a 52,000 square foot facility built on 6.5 acres of land near State College, PA. AccuWeather spent several years designing its headquarters, incorporating many features that enable us to serve our clients even better than ever. Some of the highlights include redundant computer facilities, on-site UPS and power generation, 23 radio booths and a TV studio." ("About AccuWeather, Inc. And AccuWeather.Com," AccuWeather, Accessed 1/18/18)

Pennsylvania Based Customers Bank, Is Passing Along Tax Savings To Customers In The Form Of Higher Earnings On Checking Accounts. "Wyomissing, PA (January 5, 2018) - Customers Bank, one of the region's leading community banks with operations in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and New England, announced today that it will pass some of its tax savings along to consumers following the passage of the U.S. Tax Reform Bill- starting with a Bonus Checking earning 2.00% APY for consumers across America. This offer surpasses the interest rates paid by most money market accounts and checking accounts which, according to BankRate.com, pay average annual rates of only 0.06% APY." (Press Release, "Customers Bank Announces Bonus Checking Earning 2.00% APY Following Passage Of Tax Reform Bill," Customers Bank, 1/5/18)

NexTeir Bank, Based In Butler, PA And Pittsburgh's 14th Largest Bank, Is Providing It's Workforce With $1,000 Bonuses After The Tax Bill Passed. Butler-based NexTier Bank is investing in its workforce with a one-time bonus of $1,000 for all employees as a result of the tax reform bill passed in December. This is in addition to annual bonuses paid in late 2017. NexTier is Pittsburgh's 14th-largest bank as ranked by deposit market share. Privately held, it has 27 branches and assets of more than $1 billion." (Patty Tascarella, "NexTier Paying Bonuses Due To Tax Reform," Pittsburgh Business Times , 1/12/18)

Pittsburgh's F.N.B. Corporation Will Raise Its Minimum Wage To $15 And Make An Additional One-Time 401(K) Contribution For Its Employees. "Pittsburgh-based F.N.B. Corporation said it would raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour by the end of 2019 and make an additional one-time 401(k) contribution to eligible employees." ("Additional Announcements Of Post-Tax Reform Bank Actions," Banking Journal , 1/22/18)

1st Summit Bank Based In Johnstown, Pennsylvania Increased Their Salary Range And Charitable Giving In Addition To Giving Employees A $1,000 Bonus. "Johnstown, Pa.-based 1st Summit Bank provided a $1,000 bonus to all full-time employees on top of 2017 year-end bonuses, raised its salary ranges and increased its charitable giving budget by 10 percent." ("Additional Announcements Of Post-Tax Reform Bank Actions," Banking Journal , 1/22/18)

Pennsylvania's Kish Bancorp Raised Its Minimum Wage For All Entry Level Employees, And Gave All Full-Time Employees A $1,000 Bonus. "Other significant decisions are as follows. The Company has paid an immediate one-time bonus of $1,000 to all team members and $500 to part-time employees. This payment was in addition to and separate from upcoming profit sharing payments to all employees below the level of Vice President…Additionally, the Company will elevate its starting minimum wage for all entry level personnel, together with an associated increase in the ranges for all non-exempt hourly employees. Expanded 2018 hiring plans will increase the number of employees equivalent to ten full-time personnel, with a corresponding expansion in payroll and benefits of approximately $400,000." (Press Release, "Kish Bancorp Announces Economic Initiatives," Kish Bancorp , 1/17/18)

Pennsylvania Small Business, Sewickley Spa, Was Finally Able To Give Employees Raises And Bonuses Thanks To The New Tax Law. "For the past decade, Sewickley Spa's 13 employees didn't receive annual raises. With economic pressures forcing cuts at the business since the Great Recession of 2007-09, owner Dorothy Andreas said she couldn't afford pay hikes - though she still managed to provide a bonus every Christmas. But on Dec. 20 - the day Congress gave final approval to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - Ms. Andreas decided to 'pull the trigger' on raises of 2 percent to 5 percent and bonuses that averaged 2.5 percent." (Joyce Gannon, "Some Business Owners Applaud Tax Reform. Some Fear It 'Is Going To Damage The Middle Class,'" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , 2/5/18)

Fullerton Financial Corporation, Based In Lancaster, PA, Will Donate An Additional $2 Million To Community Initiatives, Raise Its Minimum Wage To $12 Per Hour, And Provide Employees With An Extra Week Of Pay. "As a result of the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Fulton will commit an additional $2 million as part of its Fulton Forward TM Initiative, which broadly supports communities across the company's footprint. The initiative was designed to support underserved communities to create affordable housing, provide financial literacy and education programs, and to accelerate economic development. In addition to expanding its community support, Fulton also will raise its minimum wage to $12 per hour. The company also plans to provide an additional week of pay in 2018 to employees, who are not participants in other variable-award plans. It is expected that 75% of Fulton's approximately 3,700 employees will receive this additional week of pay." (Press Release, "Fulton Financial Reinvests In Communities And Employees," Fullerton Financial Corporation , 1/18/18)

Noah Bank, A Pennsylvania-Chartered Community Bank, Gave Employees A $1,500 Bonus Following The Passage Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act . "Noah Bank, a Pennsylvania-chartered community bank, has announced today that its Board of Directors has elected to provide all employees with a one-time $1,500 cash bonus thanks to the passage of new tax legislation." (Press Release, "Noah Bank To Provide Employee Bonuses Following Passage Of Tax Legislation," Noah Bank , 2/2/18)


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