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REP. BARRAGÁN STATEMENT ON HER VOTE AGAINST THE GOP TAX SCAM
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan (D-San Pedro) released the following statement on the passage of the GOP tax bill, H.R. 1, that would drive up taxes for millions in the middle class.
“Today, House Republicans put party before America’s working class by voting to raise taxes on 36 million families. The GOP may consider this a legislative victory, but it comes at the expense of students, teachers, seniors, workers, homeowners, and basically anyone who is not in the top one percent of earners,” said Rep. Barragán. “I am especially disappointed in my Republican colleagues from California who voted to hit California families with the largest net tax hike of any state. I expect California voters will hold them accountable.”
The GOP plan eliminates the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction for more than six million Californians. The average SALT deduction in California is about $18,500. The legislation also scraps the medical expense tax deduction, which allows taxpayers with high out-of-pocket medical expenses to deduct a portion of their healthcare costs. More than one million Californians rely on this deduction to reduce their tax liability. Other provisions in the legislation eliminates the student loan interest deduction and lifetime earning credits; impose new limits on mortgage interest deduction; and give tax breaks to corporations shipping American jobs overseas. The bill also explodes the budget by adding over $1.5 trillion to the national debt, leaving Social Security and Medicare vulnerable to future attacks.
Nanette Diaz Barragán is proud to represent California’s 44th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, San Pedro, South Gate, Walnut Park, Watts, Willowbrook and Wilmington.