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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Esty Votes “No” on Partisan Tax Bill

December 19, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement after the House’s passage of a partisan tax giveaway to big corporations and the wealthy paid for by adding to the debt for future generations of Americans:

“As we approach the final passage and signing of this so-called ‘tax reform,’ it’s worth reflecting on how just how many promises were made to middle-class families by the president and Congressional leaders on the campaign trail a year ago, and how badly this 400-plus-page monstrosity of a tax bill fails to live up to them," Esty said. 

“We were promised that working Americans would keep more of their hard-earned dollars. Instead, a majority of the American people – and especially families in Connecticut – will see their taxes ultimately increase under this plan. In fact, Connecticut is the state most likely to be hurt by this bill. 

“This bill was promised to help create jobs and raise wages. Instead, the final bill is a giveaway to corporations and the wealthiest Americans paid for by saddling our children and grandchildren with an extra $1.5 trillion of debt. 

“We were promised that families would be able to fill out their taxes on a postcard. Instead, the tax code will be even more complex, with even more giveaways to special interests.

“We were promised a health care plan that would cover everyone at a lower cost. Instead, this bill would gut a key protection for Americans’ health care – one that would potentially lead to 13 million more uninsured people in this country.

“In just about every way imaginable, this bill fails to live up to the commitments made to the American people during the campaign last year. It is the rushed, partisan product of politicians more concerned with ‘optics’ and scoring ‘wins’ than helping actual people. 

“I have been very clear. I believe we should work together in a bipartisan way to enact tax reform that helps middle-class families and small businesses. This bill is a gift to wealthy donors and a lump of coal for the American people.”