Butterfield Statement on House Passage of Republican Tax Bill

Nov 16, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today released the following statement after the Republican tax bill, H.R. 1, passed the House of Representatives:

“Today, House Republicans voted in favor of a tax hike for 36 million middle class households, adding $1.5 trillion to the deficit, and robbing $1.5 trillion from Medicare and Medicaid.

“The Republican tax plan that passed the House today eliminates personal deductions for medical expenses creating further hardship for people facing chronic illness; eliminates deductions for state and local income taxes resulting in higher taxes for people who cannot afford it; and eliminates deductions for interest paid on student loans making a quality education less accessible.

“Tax reform should be bipartisan and provide protections for critical programs that working families and small businesses rely on, while ensuring that our country’s top earners and corporations pay their fair share of taxes.  That’s what the American people deserve.  I remain ready and willing to work across party lines to achieve responsible tax reform.  I urge the United States Senate to reject the House bill and work to achieve real results for the American people.”