Hoyer Statement on Republicans' Vague Statement of Principles on Taxes
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the White House and Congressional Republicans released a statement outlining vague principles on taxes:
“It seems that the White House and its Republican allies in Congress haven’t learned from their mistakes on writing TrumpCare bills and are once again preparing to write hugely consequential legislation affecting hundreds of millions of Americans behind closed doors among a small cadre of leaders without input even from rank-and-file Members of their own party. In order to be successful, tax reform must provide sustainability and certainty. In order to do that, it must be bipartisan.
“Democrats remain ready to work with Republicans to craft bipartisan reforms to our tax code. If Republicans are serious about doing so, they will avoid the pitfalls of reconciliation and open up the process, welcoming participation from Members of both parties through the regular order of marking up a bill in committee and amending it on the Floor. Until the White House and its Republican allies in Congress are willing to put forward legislative text to show the detailed tradeoffs they would make to our tax code in a revenue neutral reform – rather than just vague principles – they cannot say that a serious tax reform effort has begun.”