FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Nov. 2, 2017
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MFV: Trump/GOP Tax Plan, Like Trumpcare, Should Be Dead On Arrival On Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON, DC — As House Republicans released a monstrous tax cut plan that mostly benefits the rich and corporations, Mi Familia Vota (MFV) urged voters to call Congress to block the legislation because it will mostly be paid for capping key tax deductions that help reduce the tax burden on middle class, and by cutting vital health care, environmental, education and other programs.
The GOP tax writers struggled in recent days to gain support from their own party members for the proposed tax cuts for the wealthy because of opposition from lawmakers who represent middle-class Trump voters who will face tax increases. For example, the current deductions for mortgage interest and for payment of local and state taxes would be capped under the bill.
“The Latino community also would be deeply hurt by this ugly bill that takes money from the poor and middle class and gives it to the rich,” said Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota.
“Medicaid is a critical program for Latinos, and Congress already has decided to cut Medicaid by $1 trillion to help pay for the tax cuts for the rich,” Monterroso said. About 18 million Latinos insured under Medicaid, including 10.7 million Latino children.
“Congress also has voted to cut about $500 billion in Medicare and Republicans are using the tax bill to tear apart the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which really helped our communities get access to affordable insurance coverage. Those are just some reasons why we need to block this bill,” Monterroso added.
Recent polling shows Americans oppose the Trump tax cut push. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll revealed only 1 out of 4 Americans think the tax bill is a good idea. And a Politico/Morning Consult survey showed 48 percent support for the tax proposal, but the backing dropped to 39 percent when they were asked if they support the massive corporate tax cuts.
“Americans don’t like this plan is because it stinks,” Monterroso said. “The GOP leaders did not listen to voters when they pushed their Trumpcare plans to undo the ACA, but we pushed back and stalled the legislation. This bill should be dead on arrival. Voters, including Latinos, will rise again to stop a tax bill that mainly takes care of the rich on the backs of the middle-class, the poor, disabled and elderly communities, including millions of Latinos.”
MFV calls on Latinos to help stop the Trump tax cuts by calling at 877-795-7862.