U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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Polis says GOP tax plan only plunges the nation deeper into debt and devastates the middle class

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Washington, November 2, 2017 | comments

Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement about the Republican tax plan, co-authored by President Trump and Speaker Ryan.

“The GOP's so-called ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’ would be more appropriately titled the ‘Nailing the Middle Class to the Wall and Mortgaging our Future Act.’  The plan, hurriedly crafted behind closed doors, would plunge our nation deeper into debt, and bankrupt Medicare and Medicaid, all the while providing tax breaks for corporations and the top one-percent," said Polis.  "I refuse to sit idly by as the GOP moves this plan forward as the only option.  That is why I am willing to collaborate with anyone and everyone who agrees that we need to rein in the national debt, simplify the tax code, and level the playing field.  I have crafted several proposals that help, and I will continue to advocate for policies that grow the economy for all to prosper.  It’s past time we draft a fairer, simpler, bipartisan tax code,” said Polis.

Polis has been outspoken about eliminating special interest loopholes, reducing the national debt, and promoting small businesses and entrepreneurship.

Polis continues to advocate for the middle class, attempting to ensure they have fair wages; increased paid sick leave; and access to affordable, quality preschool.  He is the author of the Child Care for Working Families Act, legislation that would create a federal-state partnership to make sure families making less than 150 percent of their state’s median income do not pay more than seven percent of their income on child care.

Polis also believes that any new tax code must be forward thinking and reduce our debt, by leveling the playing field between fossil fuels and renewable energy. Along with fellow Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) members, he authored a letter to Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady detailing sustainable tax reform priorities, such as a ‘carbon price’ to hold polluting corporations financially accountable.


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