MESSAGE FROM THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP
This week, Republicans in Congress advanced their tax scam bill through the Ways and Means Committee as they attempt to rush it to the House Floor for a vote. The legislation cuts taxes on the wealthiest Americans and increases taxes on millions of middle-class Americans. According to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, 38 million middle-class Americans would see a tax increase and the majority of the tax cuts would benefit the wealthy. In addition, experts estimate the bill will increase the national debt by at least $1.5 trillion dollars over the next ten years. Democrats continue to urge Republicans to abandon their partisan bill and work with Democrats to produce true bipartisan reform of our nation’s tax code.
This week marks the second week of open enrollment on HealthCare.gov. Despite Republicans’ attempts to sabotage the law by shortening the open enrollment period and shutting down the HealthCare.gov website on Sundays, a record number of Americans are signing up for coverage on HealthCare.gov and state based exchanges. I encourage all Americans to visit HealthCare.gov between now and December 15 to shop for coverage and sign up for a plan that works for them.
Finally, another week has passed in the House of Representatives and the Republican leadership has still not brought the DREAM Act to the Floor for a vote. Since President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program, DREAMers have been living with great uncertainty about their future. These young people, who grew up here and only know the U.S. as their home, deserve a permanent legislative solution that allows them to remain here and provides them with a path to citizenship. Democrats in Congress continue to speak out on behalf of DREAMers and urge Republicans to bring the DREAM Act to the Floor before the end of the year.
Steny H. Hoyer
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DEMOCRATIC NEWS UPDATE
On the GOP Tax Scam
- FACT SHEET: Broad Opposition to GOP Plan to Give Tax Cuts to the Wealthy
- FACT SHEET: Analysis Confirms: GOP Tax Bill Will Cut Taxes on the Wealthy, Raise Taxes on Middle-Class Families, Explode the Deficit
- Hoyer Statement on the Tax Policy Center Analysis of the GOP Tax Bill
- Hoyer Statement on Committee Passage of GOP Tax Bill and Release of Senate Tax Bill
On Open Enrollment
- Hoyer Remarks at a Press Conference on the “Souls to Enroll” Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Effort
On the DREAM Act