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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Representing the 8th District of Illinois

Congressman Krishnamoorthi On Republican Tax Plan: “If I Ever Wrote a Bill This Bad, I Wouldn’t Want Anyone to Read it Either”

December 15, 2017
Press Release

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi released the following statement on the final version of the Republican tax bill:

“They’re releasing this bill on a Friday so no one will read it and I can understand why: if I ever wrote a bill this bad, I wouldn’t want anyone to read it either. It’s clear that the more people know about this bill, the less they like it, which is why it should be no surprise that they are trying to ram this through Congress with as little public debate as possible.

Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are combining a giant tax hike on the middle-class with the stealth repeal of a pillar of the Affordable Care Act. This bill would raise taxes on millions of working and middle-class families while cutting them for Republican special interest donors. The Republican leadership’s proposal would throw our health care system into disarray by leaving 13 million more people without health care while driving everyone else’s premiums up by 10 percent. As if these policies weren’t bad enough, they would also cut billions from Medicare while exploding the deficit by nearly $2 trillion.

The Republican leadership is so desperate to pass this bill, they haven’t bothered asking whether they should. This is public policy of the worst kind. I will be voting against this bill, and I strongly urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the same.  We must all put country over party and kill this bill."