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Tell Democrats: Don’t help Republicans fix the #TrumpTaxScam

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"Force Trump Republicans to take full responsibility for the error-filled, cruel and unjust #TrumpTaxScam. Do not help Republicans fix their own mistakes."

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    Tell Democrats: Don’t help Republicans fix the #TrumpTaxScam

    Republicans forced through the #TrumpTaxScam in a hurried rush with no hearings, no expert witnesses, no Democratic input and no oversight – and now they are paying the price.

    Americans have discovered the #TrumpTaxScam is riddled with errors. It gives unintended tax breaks to hedge fund managers, contradicts itself in places and contains the so-called “grain glitch” that could hurt agricultural companies by exempting competitors from taxes. So now, Republicans are demanding Democrats help them fix their own mistakes – even holding a must-pass government funding bill hostage.1,2

    Democrats in Congress must make Republicans own their mistakes instead of throwing them a lifeline. With the deadline to pass the government funding bill rapidly approaching, we need to make sure Democrats have the backbone to keep the focus on Republicans’ responsibility for the #TrumpTaxScam’s failures.

    Tell Democrats: Don’t help Republicans fix the #TrumpTaxScam.

    Republicans didn’t lift a finger to improve the Affordable Care Act – legislation that went through countless hearings, months of delay, bipartisan negotiations and a live, televised summit at the White House. In contrast, Republicans rushed through a massive giveaway to Wall Street and international corporations without any Democratic input or even a careful review of what they were voting for.3

    Now Republicans are reaping the consequences. The actual text of the #TrumpTaxScam is a muddled mess. It accidentally exempts from all taxes anyone who sells grain to cooperatives, contains two different deadlines for businesses claiming deductions and contains a glaring loophole that has hedge fund managers rushing to create LLCs to escape taxes, among other massive errors.4

    It would be a huge mistake for Democrats to help Republicans fix these errors. Even if Democrats win concessions, Republicans will take the free gift and blame Democrats for opposing any popular parts of the legislation. Any fixes will cement the law and make it harder to repeal. Instead, Democrats need to make Trump and his loyal allies face the consequences of their massive giveaway to the 1%.

    Tell Democrats: Don’t help Republicans fix the #TrumpTaxScam.

    Democrats will fail if they become the party of tweaking the #TrumpTaxScam. They must draw a clear dividing line by promising to repeal and replace the Trump Tax Scam in its entirety in the next Congress.

    The main beneficiaries of the Trump Tax Scam are Donald Trump himself and the super-wealthy donors who fund Republican political campaigns. The bad news for Republicans is that the American people know a scam when they see one. Americans will not forget this cruel robbery of the poor and middle class to give massive tax breaks to big corporations and Republican donors. But it’s up to us to make sure Democrats seize the opportunity.

    Tell Democrats: Don’t help Republicans fix the #TrumpTaxScam.

    Thank you for speaking out.

    References:

    1. Erica Werner, “Democrats balk as Republicans try to use must-pass spending bill to fix tax law,” The Washington Post, March 16, 2018.
    2. David Dayen, “The Botched Tax Bill and Democrats’ Good-Government Dilemma,” The New Republic, Feb. 27, 2018.
    3. Ibid.
    4. Ibid.