Senator Murray: Passage of Republican tax bill gives corporations and the very wealthy ‘more tax breaks they don’t need’

U.S. Senator Patty Murray said the Republican tax bill approved early Saturday morning would be “especially bad for middle class Washington state families.”

Murray, Washington state’s senior senator, made the following statement after the bill was passed by the Senate:

“Senate Republicans have once again made it clear that their highest priority is handing more tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations — and that they are willing to increase taxes on the middle class, raise premiums for patients, threaten Medicare and Social Security, open up ANWR to drilling, and blow a massive hole in the deficit in order to get that done,” Murray said.

“This bill is especially bad for middle class Washington state families who would no longer be able to deduct their state sales taxes from their federal income taxes. And it is disgraceful that even though patients and families have made it clear, again and again, that they don’t want Republicans to undermine their health care, this bill would cause 13 million people to lose coverage and force families to pay more — all so that massive corporations and the very wealthy get more tax breaks they don’t need.

“Republicans still have a chance to stand up to President Trump, listen to their constituents, step back from this terrible anti-middle class bill, and work with Democrats on a true tax reform plan that would actually cut taxes for middle class families and grow the economy from the middle out, not the top down. I hope enough Republicans are willing to do this — otherwise middle class families will be paying the price for years to come.”

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