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Senator Nelson'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 Bill Nelson 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 2010, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) Supported Increasing The Child Tax Credit And Raising The Standard Deduction. SEN. BILL NELSON (D-FL): "And it is my intention that as we vote in just a few hours that I am going to vote for this package. Now, it does provide relief that is critical for middle-class families. For example, for a family making $63,000 a year, that means if we didn't pass this bill and the tax, existing tax law expired, then that income level of family earning $63,000, their taxes would go up by $2,000. What this bill does is prevents that. These middle-class tax cuts are extended in this legislation for a period of two years, and that includes the 10% income tax bracket, the $1,000 child tax credit, an increase in the standard deduction for married couples, an expansion of the 50% tax bracket for married couples." (Sen. Bill Nelson, Remarks On The Senate Floor , Washington, D.C., 12/15/10)
  • In 2007, Sen. Nelson Noted That The Alternative Minimum Tax "Comes Down And It Swoops In A Great Deal Of The Middle Class Which It Was Never Intended To."SEN BILL NELSON (D-FL): "For example, there's a tax that is called alternate minimum tax. It was designed years ago so that people with higher incomes that had huge deductions couldn't offset all of their income, they'd have to pay some tax. So it was designed to go to that higher-income group so that they would still pay their fair share. What's happened, if that alternate minimum tax is not allowed to be applied in the future, what happens is -- and I can't tell you the technicalities -- but the fact is that it comes down and it swoops in a great deal of the middle class which it was never intended to, middle-income people with the result that much higher taxes would be paid in the very income levels that the alternate minimum tax was never designed to hit." (Sen. Bill Nelson, Remarks On The Senate Floor, Washington, D.C., 2/13/07)

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 Bill Nelson and Senate Dems’ tax reform hypocrisy.


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