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"If Every Instinct You Have Is Wrong, Then The Opposite Would Have To Be Right"

- June 18, 2018

Their States Have Seen An Acceleration In Job Growth After The Tax Cuts Became Law, So Why Did These Democrats Vote Against New Jobs For Their State?

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • This Friday marks the six-month anniversary of President Trump signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • The labor market has added more than a million jobs since Republicans passed their historic tax cuts, far outpacing job growth during the same period in 2017.
    • For the first time in 20 years there are more job openings than workers looking for jobs.
  • Numerous Democrats facing tough elections in November were extremely outspoken in their opposition to the GOP Tax Cuts.
    • Sen. Joe Donnelly called GOP tax cuts "wrong for Hoosiers, plain and simple."
    • Sen. Claire McCaskill said that the GOP tax cuts are "not going to be helpful to the vast majority of people in my state."
    • Rep. Kyrsten Sinema called the GOP tax cuts "a bad deal for Arizona."
  • Job growth in these key states following the passage of the GOP tax cuts has accelerated far beyond the already impressive growth during the same period in 2017.

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GOP TAX CUTS ARE CREATING JOBS AND GROWING THE ECONOMY

The GOP Tax Cuts Have Jumpstarted Job Growth

For The First Time In 20 Years There Are More Job Openings Than Workers Looking For Jobs. "For the first time in at least 20 years, there are now more job openings than there are people looking for work. The ratio of unemployed workers to job openings dropped below one in April for the first time since the Labor Department started collecting data in 2000, the agency reported Tuesday." (Lydia Depillis, "There Are Now More Job Openings Than Workers To Fill Them," CNN , 6/5/18)

National Job Growth Has Accelerated Since The GOP Tax Cuts Passed In Late December, Adding 1,037,000 Jobs In The First 5 Months Of 2018, Compared To 862,000 During The Same Period In 2017. ("Employment, Hours, and Earnings from the Current Employment Statistics survey (National)," Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 6/14/18)

JOB GROWTH HAS ACCELERATED IN STATES WHERE DEMOCRATS, WHO UNIVERSALLY OPPOSED GOP TAX CUTS, ARE RUNNING IN 2018

Democrats Running For Senate In 2018 Universally Opposed The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act, But Job Growth In Their States Has Accelerated Since The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Passed

OHIO

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Voted No On The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act . (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #323 : Passed 51-48: R 51-1; D 0-48, 12/20/17)

  • Sen. Brown Spoke Out Against The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act, Saying It Wouldn't Really Help The Middle Class. "Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) unloaded on Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) Thursday night after Brown accused Republicans of only protecting the rich in their new tax plan during a Senate Finance Committee hearing. Brown said that the bill provides a tax cut that's 'not really for the middle class, it's for the rich.'" (Jaqueline Thomas, "Senators Hatch, Brown Have Heated Exchange On GOP Tax Plan, The Hill , 11/17/17)

Job Growth In Ohio Has Accelerated Since The GOP Tax Cuts Passed In Late December, Adding 42,400 Jobs In The First 4 Months Of 2018, Compared To 32,200 In All Of 2017. ("State And Area Employment, Hours, And Earnings," Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 6/14/18)

WISCONSIN

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) Voted No On The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act . (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #323 : Passed 51-48: R 51-1; D 0-48, 12/20/17)

  • Baldwin Called GOP Tax Cuts "Largely A Tax Giveaway To The Wealthiest Few And Powerful Corporations." "Baldwin, D-Madison, said in a statement that she wants to simplify the tax code and make it fairer for families, small businesses and manufacturers. 'But the Republican plan is largely a tax giveaway to the wealthiest few and powerful corporations, while millions of middle-class families would get a tax hike,' Baldwin said." (Mark Sommerhauser, "Tammy Baldwin Calls GOP Tax Bill A Boon For Wealthy; Republican Foes Cheer Donald Trump's Efforts," The Wisconsin State Journal , 11/26/17)

Job Growth In Wisconsin Has Accelerated Since The GOP Tax Cuts Passed In Late December, Adding 19,200 Jobs In The First 4 Months Of 2018, Compared To 11,200 During The Same Period In 2017. ("State And Area Employment, Hours, And Earnings," Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 6/14/18)

INDIANA

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) Voted No On The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act . (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #323 : Passed 51-48: R 51-1; D 0-48, 12/20/17)

  • Donnelly Called GOP Tax Cuts "Wrong For Hoosiers, Plain And Simple." "U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., has no regrets about voting against the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a 'no' vote that Republicans are certain to repeatedly condemn in the weeks and months ahead as Donnelly seeks re-election. The first-term senator last week addressed the issue as he answered voter questions on Facebook and in fundraising emails while traveling between Indiana campaign events in a recreational vehicle. 'I voted against the McConnell-Ryan tax plan because it was wrong for Hoosiers, plain and simple,' Donnelly said of the legislation championed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis." (Dan Carden, "Sen. Donnelly Stands By Vote Against Tax Law: 'It Was Wrong For Hoosiers,'" NWI Times , 5/7/18)

Job Growth In Indiana Has Accelerated Since The GOP Tax Cuts Passed In Late December, Adding 11,600 Jobs In The First 4 Months Of 2018, Compared To 8,800 During The Same Period In 2017. ("State And Area Employment, Hours, And Earnings," Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 6/14/18)

WEST VIRGINIA

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) Voted No On The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act . (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #323 : Passed 51-48: R 51-1; D 0-48, 12/20/17)

  • Manchin Slammed The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Saying, "The Wealthiest Get The Greatest Benefits." "'It shows you where their values are. Their choices were that the corporations get the greatest cuts, the wealthiest get the greatest benefits, and on top of that, theirs is all permanent. The people that get the least amount and the unknown is, the people that get the temporary are the people that needed it the most,' Manchin said. 'So I said, 'Guys, wait a minute. Aren't we off-base a little bit here?''" (Edward Isaac Dovere, "'I Was An Easy Pickup': How Trump Lost Manchin On Taxes," Politico , 12/19/17)

Job Growth In West Virginia Has Accelerated Since The GOP Tax Cuts Passed In Late December, Adding 1,100 Jobs In The First 4 Months Of 2018, Compared To the 200 Jobs Lost During The Same Period In 2017. ("State And Area Employment, Hours, And Earnings," Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 6/14/18)

MISSOURI

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Voted No On The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act . (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #323 : Passed 51-48: R 51-1; D 0-48, 12/20/17)

  • McCaskill Said That The GOP Tax Cuts Are "Not Going To Be Helpful To The Vast Majority Of People In My State." "'Listen, I think it's great when companies want to give workers bonuses,' Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said Tuesday. 'That doesn't change the reality of the numbers. It's a debt-inducing, make-rich-people-richer tax bill that in the long run is not going to be helpful to the vast majority of people in my state that are sitting around the kitchen table trying to figure out how [to] come out even at the end of the month.'" (Igor Bobic, "Democrats Downplay Bonuses Employees Are Getting In Wake Of GOP Tax Law," The Huffington Post , 1/8/18)

Job Growth In Missouri Has Accelerated Since The GOP Tax Cuts Passed In Late December, Adding 13,900 Jobs In The First 4 Months Of 2018, Compared To 11,400 During The Same Period In 2017. ("State And Area Employment, Hours, And Earnings," Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 6/14/18)

ARIZONA

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Voted No On The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act . (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #699 : Passed 224-201: R 224-12; D 0-189, 12/20/17)

  • Sinema Called The GOP Tax Cuts "A Bad Deal For Arizona." "This bill is a bad deal for Arizona. It explodes the federal debt, likely raises taxes on many small businesses, and makes it harder for Arizona families to get ahead. I oppose this bill because it does not reflect the values and priorities of hardworking Arizonans." (Press Release, "Sinema Votes Against House Tax Bill," Rep. Kyrsten Sinema , 11/16/17)

Job Growth In Arizona Has Accelerated Since The GOP Tax Cuts Passed In Late December, Adding 28,300 Jobs In The First 4 Months Of 2018, Compared To 25,100 During The Same Period In 2017. ("State And Area Employment, Hours, And Earnings," Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 6/14/18)

NEVADA

Rep. Jacky Rosen. (D-NV) Voted No On The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act . (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #699 : Passed 224-201: R 224-12; D 0-189, 12/20/17)

  • Rosen Said That The GOP Tax Cuts Gave "Billionaires And Giant Corporations A Massive Tax Cut At The Expense Of Hardworking Nevada Families." "Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) voted against the conference report for the Republican tax bill, H.R. 1: 'Congressional Republicans have voted to give billionaires and giant corporations a massive tax cut at the expense of hardworking Nevada families,' said Rosen." (Press Release, "Rosen Votes Against Reckless Republican Tax Bill," Rep. Jacky Rosen , 12/19/17)

Job Growth In Nevada Has Accelerated Since The GOP Tax Cuts Passed In Late December, Adding 16,200 Jobs In The First 4 Months Of 2018, Compared To 12,500 During The Same Period Of 2017. ("State And Area Employment, Hours, And Earnings," Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 6/14/18)

FLORIDA

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) Voted No On The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act . (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #323 : Passed 51-48: R 51-1; D 0-48, 12/20/17)

  • Bill Nelson Criticized "The Large Size Of The Cut In The Corporate Tax Rate" In The GOP Tax Cuts . "Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), both of whom are up for reelection this year, acknowledged the intent behind the pass-through deduction but still raised concerns about the law. Cardin said he understood a desire to cut taxes for small businesses, as well as corporations, but that it may be challenging for small companies to use the deduction. Nelson criticized the large size of the cut in the corporate tax rate, which went from 35 percent to 21 percent." (Naomi Jagoda, "Senators Debate New Business Deduction, Debt In Tax Law Hearing," The Hill , 4/24/18)

Job Growth In Florida Has Accelerated Since The GOP Tax Cuts Passed In Late December, Adding 70,400 Jobs In The First 4 Months Of 2018, Compared To 55,900 During The Same Period Of 2017. ("State And Area Employment, Hours, And Earnings," Bureau Of Labor Statistics , Accessed 6/14/18)


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