Northeast Wisconsin lawmakers comment on tax votes

U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis. (Photos source: U.S. Senate)

(WLUK) - After the votes on the tax reform plan, U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin issued comments about the votes.

From Sen. Baldwin, a Democrat:

This is largely a tax giveaway to the wealthiest few, big corporations and Wall Street while millions of middle class families will face tax hikes. Powerful corporations get permanent tax breaks, the top 1% will see 83% of the benefits, and Republicans have put people’s health care on the chopping block to pay for it. That’s just not right and it’s not fair. This was a huge missed opportunity to do right by working families in Wisconsin. We should have worked together on bipartisan reform that was focused on the middle class but Republicans chose a go-it-alone approach to deliver a huge gift to those who have too much power and influence in Washington.

From Sen. Johnson, a Republican:

The number one component of a solution to many of America’s problems is robust economic growth. Passing pro-growth tax reform that allows American business to compete globally is a necessary step. No major piece of legislation is ever perfect, but this bill is a significant improvement over our current tax system. I will remain committed to conducting effective oversight to measure results and provide continuous improvement of our tax code and economy.

From Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Republican:

For the first time in over 31 years, Congress passed comprehensive legislation to reform our outdated, unfair, and overly complicated tax code that has stifled growth for manufacturers and punished working families in Northeast Wisconsin. At the center of this historic effort is the belief that families—not lobbyists and special interests in Washington D.C. – should make decisions on how they spend their money. By lowering rates across the board, Wisconsinites will keep more of their income, and Wisconsin’s small businesses will have a fair shot at growing their companies so they can compete in the global economy. This bill is a huge step forward, but we still have additional work to do, particularly when it comes to getting folks back into the workforce. For as long as I represent Northeast Wisconsin, I will continue to fight for policies that empower individuals and families, help our manufacturers compete globally, and allow our economy to grow.

From Rep. Glenn Grothman, a Republican:

I think the American public will like keeping more of their hard earned money and I think they'll like the fact that compared to where this process starts, it's much more aimed at the average guy.

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