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Senator Brown's Tax Reform Hypocrisy

Ellie Hockenbury - November 16, 2017

After the Washington Post gave Democrats four Pinocchios for their lies about the Republican tax plan and the left-aligned Tax Policy Center was forced to retract an erroneous study on the proposals, Senate Dems are at it again this time flip flopping on major components of tax reform.

Senator Sherrod Brown has yet to get on board with the Republican tax bill despite the fact that it includes provisions to increase the child tax credit and eliminate the alternative minimum tax—principles the senator has previously supported:

  • In June 2017, Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) And Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Introduced Legislation To Expand The Child Tax Credit. "U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) this week in reintroducing legislation to support working families in Illinois and across the country by expanding two anti-poverty tax credits. The Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2017 will expand eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to more Americans while making it easier to claim it, strengthen the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and also help ensure the federal tax system does not force hardworking Americans into poverty." (Press Release, "Duckworth Helps Reintroduce Legislation To Expand Earned Income Tax Credits For Working Families," Sen. Tammy Duckworth, 6/23/17)
  • In 2009, Sen. Brown Called The AMT "Outdated" And Stated That It "Hurt Middle Class Families." " 'It will prevent 800,000 Ohioans from paying the alternative minimum tax, an outdated tax that started off for the right reasons, but it's continuing crept up, and it hurts middle class families.'" (Frank Lewis, "Ohio To Benefit From Stimulus Education Funds," Portsmouth Daily Times, 2/6/09)

Democrats’ blatant hypocrisy shines a spotlight on their unwillingness to work with Republicans on tax reform that they once believed would benefit the middle class and Americans of all stripes.

See the latest from RNC Research on  Sherrod Brown and Senate Dems’ tax reform hypocrisy.


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