STATEMENT: CAP’s Neera Tanden on Passage of Senate GOP Tax Bill: “Shame on Them”

Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress President and CEO Neera Tanden released the following statement today after Senate Republicans passed legislation that will give huge tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations while raising taxes on millions of working- and middle-class Americans and raising health care premiums:

Shame on them.

We will remember this vote. And we will do what we can to ensure every American does as well.

The Tax Reform Act of 1986 involved months of public hearings and negotiations and was both bipartisan and revenue-neutral. In contrast, the final text for the legislation passed by the Senate today was rewritten at the last minute and presented to senators – to say nothing of the American public — mere hours before the final vote. In addition, Senate Republicans:

  • Held no public hearings on the legislation.
  • Failed to involve Senate Democrats in the writing or negotiation of the bill.
  • Passed a bill that will explode the deficit by nearly $1.5 trillion.
  • Passed a bill that will raise taxes on tens of millions of families.
  • Passed a bill that will raise the number of uninsured Americans by 13 million and raise premiums for middle-class families that buy their own insurance by thousands of dollars.
  • Passed a bill on a party-line vote.

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