Whip's Report E-Newsletter ● GOP Tax Law
For Immediate Release: 
March 16, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
Message from the Democratic Whip

This week, House Democrats stood with students in Washington, DC and across the country who stepped out of their classrooms and into democracy to demand bipartisan, commonsense measures to prevent gun violence. On the Floor, the House voted overwhelmingly for the STOP School Violence Act, which provides additional resources for schools to protect students. However, this bill is not a substitute for real, meaningful action to end gun violence and keep Americans safe in school, church, nightclubs, shopping malls, and other public places. I will continue to call on Republicans to take action and put legislation on the Floor to end this epidemic, including bills to strengthen background checks and ban assault weapons.

Next week, the House will have four legislative days to fund the government. Unfortunately, Republicans are holding negotiations on a funding bill up by demanding poison-pill provisions.  I hope they will abandon these demands and work with us to bring a bipartisan bill to responsibly fund the government to the Floor, so that we can avoid a third Republican government shutdown.

In addition, press reports continue to highlight how the GOP tax scam overwhelmingly benefits large corporations and the wealthy at the expense of middle class families. The law is providing a huge windfall to wealthy investors while only 2% of workers are seeing temporary bonuses – not real wage increases. This week, the Treasury Department also announced the highest monthly borrowing rate in six years – meaning the GOP tax scam is already having an impact on the deficit.

Lastly, today we received the heartbreaking news that my friend and colleague, Rep. Louise Slaughter, has passed away. I join in sending my condolences to her family, friends, and constituents. I will miss her dearly – as will all those who have served with her in the U.S. Congress.  

Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer
 
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