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Stabenow Repeating Democrats' Rhetoric Bashing Tax Cuts, But Are They Accurate?

Ellie Hockenbury - December 13, 2017

While Republicans are hard at work passing tax cuts for the American people by Christmas, Senator Debbie Stabenow is being a real Scrooge.

Not only did she vote against the Senate plan that was estimated to create 27,672 new Michigan jobs and put an extra $2,512 back in Michiganders’ pockets, but she is also peddling Democrats’ lies about the tax bill, which have twice earned 4 Pinocchios from Washington Post fact checkers. Since Senator Stabenow continues to lie in an attempt to get cover for voting down a bill that would help her constituents, we’ve provided a handy fact check of her most used falsehoods:

DEBBIE’S DECEIT: “I voted no because I could not support raising taxes on middle-class families, seniors, and farmers and leaving Michigan families without health insurance to pay for huge tax giveaways for the wealthiest one percent of Americans.” (Press Release, “Stabenow Statement Following Senate Vote On Republican Tax Bill,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow, 12/2/17)

  • TAX CUT TRUTH: "People on the lower end of the income spectrum could benefit from an approximate doubling of the standard deduction to $24,000 for joint filers, and from an expansion of the child tax credit." (Louis Jacobson and Manuela Tobias, "The House And Senate Tax Bills, Explained," Politifact , 11/28/17)
  • TAX CUT TRUTH: "The Senate GOP bill increases the child tax credit to $2,000 per child, up from $1,000 today, and above the $1,600 proposed in the House bill. Senate GOP tax writers would make the credit available for any children under 18, up from today's under-17 age limit." (Jeanne Sahadi, "Here's What's In The Senate Republican Tax Bill," CNN , 11/30/17)

DEBBIE’S DECEIT: “I’ve said from the beginning that we need tax reform that makes the tax system simpler, puts more money in your pocket, closes tax loopholes that send jobs overseas and supports small businesses and farms across Michigan. Unfortunately, that isn’t at all what this Republican bill does.” (Press Release, “Stabenow Statement Following Senate Vote On Republican Tax Bill,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow, 12/2/17)

  • TAX CUT TRUTH:  The Senate Bill Does Not Lower The Top Pass-Through Rate, Instead Creating A 17.4 Percent Deduction That Would Benefit All Small-Business Owners Equally. (Jim Tankersley, Alan Rappeport and Thomas Kaplan "Senate Tax Plan Diverges From House Version, Highlighting Political Pressures," The New York Times , 11/9/17)

For more on the Democrats’ tax bill lies, see the latest from RNC Research.


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