Crawford for Congress Statement on GOP Tax Bill

The House GOP has just introduced their tax cut bill. This legislation is unacceptable because it would finance a big tax cut for the wealthy by exploding the deficit and increasing taxes on the middle class.

To recap: The GOP tax bill would give 80% of the benefits to the top 1% and return us to the days of annual $1 trillion deficits. The return of huge deficits would occur just as droves of baby boomers are retiring. The timing couldn’t be worse.

The GOP is raising taxes on the middle class to fund this tax cut for the likes of Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner and Paris Hilton. This misguided legislation partially eliminates the deductions for state and local taxes and mortgage interest payments.

As a member of Congress, I would oppose any tax increase on the middle class. I call upon Rep. Fortenberry to do the same.

As Democrats, we also need to talk about what we support — not just what we oppose. I would seriously considering supporting a recent Senate proposal to expand the Child Tax Credit. This would halve the child poverty rate and cost less than the GOP tax cuts.

If you want different results out of Washington, you have to vote for different people. That’s why I’m running for Congress.

I’m a trial lawyer, a Democratic activist and a sports fan.

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