Democratic women in the Senate were all for these tax reform principles until Trump proposed them
Patrice Lee Onwuka
October 30, 2017
"Now is an important moment to unite across the aisle and to encourage their male colleagues to make good on past promises of tax relief to American families. Instead, a handful of female senators on the left -- who once bemoaned our byzantine tax code and claimed to champion tax relief for working-class families -- are intentionally trying to block tax reform efforts. Not one of the 16 female Democratic senators voted to pass the Senate’s fiscal year 2018 budget resolution, which creates a procedural path for tax reform and tax cuts.
"Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., made the case that Congress must simplify our complex and burdensome tax code in 2016, when she introduced legislation to make tax filing easier and free for some Americans. In a report, she explained that preparing and filing returns consumed almost 10 percent of the average federal tax refund.
"Warren should be pleased that simplicity is one of President Trump’s four principles for tax reform. Instead she called the Trump plan 'warmed-over' and says it 'delivers massive tax cuts to millionaires and giant corporations and kicks working families to the curb.'
"Wouldn’t eliminating almost every deduction, loophole and exemption advance her goal of creating a simpler, fairer, and cheaper tax filing system?
"Lowering the corporate tax rate is another favorite punching bag for senators on the left. This rhetoric might be convenient today, but it doesn’t match up with their previous statements recognizing that America desperately needs corporate tax reform.
"Just this summer, California’s Senator Dianne Feinstein said, 'I think one might look at the corporate rate. I think that’s a fair thing to do to see that it’s regionalized and equalized.' Yet, when the Trump proposal was released, she failed to mention the proposed corporate tax relief and just painted the entire framework as 'a one-sided proposal that cuts taxes for the rich at the expense of everyone else.'
"This is a missed opportunity: Women in Congress have a chance to demonstrate bipartisanship and leadership that will help women succeed in today’s economy by coming to the table to support needed tax changes.
"Tax reform that lowers the corporate rate to 25 percent and individual rates to zero, 12 percent, 25 percent, and 35 percent will free up resources for these women to reinvest in their businesses.
"Cutting corporate rates could also increase the average American household income by $4,000 annually.
"It’s time for Democratic women in Congress to put down the #Resistance banner and join their Republican colleagues in delivering meaningful relief to women, their families, and their businesses."
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