Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado pulls no punches in this week’s Democratic address, strongly calling out Republicans over controversial tax “reform” legislation currently fumbling its way toward President Donald Trump’s greedily waiting desk. Excerpt:
As early as next week the United States Senate may vote on a tax bill — an incredibly consequential piece of legislation affecting our entire economy for decades to come. Written in secret, this bill is being rushed to the floor without hearings or the chance for the American people to weigh in.
As the vote approaches, I’m reminded of a mom I met in the small town of Rifle, Colorado at an early childhood center. In the course of our conversation, she said to me, ‘I have a job so I can have health insurance, and every single dollar I earn goes to pay for this early childhood center, so I can work.’
Too many Americans face this cycle, living each day with impossible choices their parents and grandparents were never asked to make.
Yet, under the Republican tax plan, people making over $1 million a year would receive tax cuts of about $59,000 per year, while families earning $50,000 or less would see just $160 — or $7.50 more each paycheck. Tens of millions of middle class families would actually see their taxes go up.
Sen. Bennet is prevented by professional courtesy from giving you fellow Sen. Cory Gardner’s phone number, which in case you’re wondering after watching Bennet’s video is (202) 224-5941. Gardner isn’t maintaining the pretense of being “undecided” on the GOP tax bill in contrast to the many repeals of the Affordable Care Act he supported while affecting indecision, but we expect his phones will light up next week just the same.
If anything, callers might be more frank absent the need to be persuasive.