The House Ways and Means Committee will vote Thursday on a package of bills nicknamed “Tax Reform 2.0.”
Among the other provisions, which include making things easier on startups and small businesses, the big thing is that the legislation makes the current individual tax cuts permanent, instead of expiring in 2026 under the current policy.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 12, 2018
As you probably remember, after a barrage of wild and hysterical arguments against letting people keep their own money didn’t do the trick, several Democrats switched gears and began to oppose the cuts because they didn’t last long enough.
But in case anyone forgot exactly who is on the hook now, here’s a list of left-side incumbents and candidates for Congress who have criticized the temporary nature of the tax cuts since their passage last December:
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is responsible for probably the most famous use of the talking point:
.@jaketapper: “Next year, 91% of middle income Americans will receive a tax cut. Isn’t that a good thing?”@BernieSanders: “Yeah, it is a very good thing. And that’s why we should’ve made the tax cuts for the middle class permanent” #CNNSOTU https://t.co/ei8xTHGo1E
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 24, 2017
But many of his Democratic fellow senators echoed it as well.
Permanent corporate tax cuts on the backs of the middle class is a game Americans can’t afford to play. https://t.co/TXClZmVmsR
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) November 19, 2017
Under the Senate Republicans’ tax plan:
Tax cuts for corporations = permanent
Tax cuts for middle class = temporaryhttps://t.co/H5KBpKIfqT
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 16, 2017
#GOPTaxScam tilts permanent benefits toward the wealthiest and corporations – throwing temporary crumbs to most everyone else. I am fighting a scam that hurts CT middle class and working families. pic.twitter.com/kRlwDEDHvn
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) December 19, 2017
#GOPTaxScam gives poor & middle-class American families temporary tax relief while handing big corporations, who do not need it, a permanent tax cut.
Rewarding the wealthiest – who have long exploited loopholes in our tax code to avoid paying their fair share – is plain wrong.
— Senator Cortez Masto (@SenCortezMasto) November 20, 2017
The #GOPTaxScam promises relief for all, but massive permanent tax cuts go mostly to corporations and the wealthy, while the crumbs to the middle class are small and temporary. It imposes a mountain of debt on our children and grandchildren.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) December 2, 2017
And then there were their colleagues over in the House.
Today’s job report shows that Americans’ wages aren’t going up. For workers trying to save for retirement and pay for their kids’ education, wage increases are much more helpful than bonuses or temporary tax cuts that will evaporate in a few years. https://t.co/IM1JN7aPx3
— Ways and Means Dems (@WaysMeansCmte) March 9, 2018
"The idea that the tax cuts were going to line workers’ pockets was always a mirage. Most people will enjoy only a modest and temporary tax cut…Families in the top 1 percent, on the other hand, will save an average of $51,140." #GOPTaxScamhttps://t.co/We3oP2dHUk
— Rep. Ed Perlmutter (@RepPerlmutter) August 13, 2018
Wells Fargo robbed customers by setting up fake accounts and charging unauthorized fees. They were fined $1 billion. But then to the rescue came the Republican tax bill to benefit WF more than any other bank. Meanwhile regular working Americans get only a temporary tax cut. pic.twitter.com/7A6U1CRcZD
— Rep. Stephen Lynch (@RepStephenLynch) June 22, 2018
Tammy Baldwin on GOP tax plan: "Those earning $75K or less will end up paying more in a matter of years as these temporary cuts evaporate, yet the business cuts remain permanent law." https://t.co/hxVcMpJFWm #wipolitics pic.twitter.com/SlZQcUcGfO
— Tom Kertscher (@KertscherNews) December 7, 2017
Sen. Hatch: If Democrats want to waive budget rules to make the individual side of tax cuts permanent then we're happy do that, after Sen. Cardin knocks reform plan for including permanent biz cuts but temporary individual ones.
— Colin Wilhelm (@colinwilhelm) November 15, 2017
Something important to remember about the #GOPTaxScam: the tax cuts for individuals and families are only temporary, but the tax cuts for corporations are permanent.
— Rep. Bobby Scott (@BobbyScott) February 12, 2018
Corporate tax cuts are permanent, but notably, relief for the middle class is temporary. On top of all this, the legislation explodes the deficit, and Speaker Ryan is already talking about filling the gaping deficit hole by cutting Medicare and Medicaid. pic.twitter.com/GRestK77kD
— Rep. Michael Capuano (@RepMikeCapuano) February 1, 2018
When temporary tax cuts expire, nearly 92 million families earning less than $200,000 will be hit with tax increases. In the long term, the Trump economic agenda will WREAK HAVOC on the American middle class. #SOTU
— Rep. Brendan Boyle (@CongBoyle) January 31, 2018
Stock market gains don’t help the more than half of Americans who don’t have enough savings to weather a $500 emergency. What are you doing for them, @realDonaldTrump? One-time bonuses & temporary tiny tax cuts don’t count. #SOTU
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) January 31, 2018
The GOP tax scam’s meager, temporary benefits for the middle class evaporate in a few years, and the scam ultimately raises taxes on 86 million middle class families. #GOPTaxScam https://t.co/LbjdLwNiwr
— Bobby L. Rush (@RepBobbyRush) January 13, 2018
(2) The meager, temporary benefits for the middle class under the #GOPTaxScam evaporate after a few years and the scam ultimately raises taxes on 86 million middle class families.
— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) January 9, 2018
The #GOPTaxScam is bad for WA's working families & I will vote against the motion to go to conference on this bill. After a few years, most middle-class households that received any temporary relief under this plan would see a spike in their taxes. https://t.co/zGipCviC2F
— Rep. Rick Larsen (@RepRickLarsen) December 5, 2017
Republicans claim their tax plan helps working families.
If that's the case, why are tax cuts for corporations permanent while the middle class gets only temporary help?
This #GOPTaxScam is not good for the families I represent.
— Rep. Dan Kildee (@RepDanKildee) November 27, 2017
The #GOPTaxScam is just plain wrong. It gives massive permanent tax cuts to corporations, while hardworking families get meager temporary scraps.
Bottom line: this bill hurts Americans from cradle to retirement. pic.twitter.com/ocDIEixyVT
— Rep. Suzan DelBene (@RepDelBene) November 16, 2017
So that’s at least 20 sitting Democrats and one socialist who have criticized the temporary nature of the tax cuts. And a lot of Democratic candidates in this election year have brought up this particular concern as well.
— Jane Raybould (@JaneRaybould) August 27, 2018
The GOP tax giveaway is a time bomb for the middle class that gives permanent cuts to corporations while only giving temporary cuts for Americans who need tax relief the most. Now, Republicans want to cut Medicare and Social Security to pay for it. Get out and vote November 6th.
— Dr. Rob Davidson for Congress (@VoteRobDavidson) September 10, 2018
a) Can we please stop pretending that Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility?
b) Remind me again why the wealthy needed a huge permanent tax cut? (Compared to the small temporary tax cut that working families got.)https://t.co/o1DmuhjcCR
— Isner for Congress (@TabithaK) June 13, 2018
Tough to take that claim seriously when you:
1. Link to the Congressman’s own press release
2. Reference legislation that gave a tiny, temporary tax cut to working families and a massive, permanent tax cut to corporations and those at the very top.
— Justin DeWitt (@Dewitt4Congress) August 6, 2018
.@RepJeffDenham forgets to mention that the tiny tax cuts for the middle class are TEMPORARY, while the massive corporate cuts are permanent
— TJ Cox (@TJCoxCongress) December 28, 2017
Another wild theory from the #StableGenius. . .the #GOPTaxScam gave permanent tax cuts to corporations, while giving temporary relief to working families & increasing the federal deficit by trillions of dollars. #GOPFail #TrumpShutdown https://t.co/EirkWDspkE
— Jimmy Gomez (@JimmyGomezCA) January 20, 2018
And think Kirk the tax "cuts" for the American people are temporary so by 2027 we will all be looking at the elimination of any tax deductions on top of these caps but corporation tax cuts are permanent.
— Harley Rouda (@HarleyRouda) December 29, 2017
With all these Democrats eager to make the tax cuts permanent, that should be enough to get the measure to President Trump’s desk on a truly bipartisan basis. That is, unless those complaints were all just a dishonest, partisan talking point all along.
Guess we’ll find out soon enough.