Pelosi on California Republicans: Enablers of the GOP Tax Scam


San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after Reps. Kevin McCarthy, Doug LaMalfa, Paul Cook, Jeff Denham, David Valadao, Devin Nunes, Steve Knight, Ed Royce, Ken Calvert, Mimi Walters and Duncan Hunter voted to ensure that Speaker Paul Ryan had the sufficient number of votes to pass a GOP tax scam deeply harmful to California:

“Last week, California Republicans betrayed their constituents and their state to hand Speaker Ryan the votes for a bill designed to hit Californians with the largest net tax hikes of any state in the nation.  Instead of insisting on a bill that doesn’t raise taxes on their constituents, California Republicans voted to dismantle the state and local tax deduction relied on by tens of thousands of families in every one of their districts.

“The California GOP delegation even voted to exclude California’s wildfire victims from the disaster-related tax benefits provided to families recovering from hurricanes.

“In the House, Republicans are handing tax breaks to corporations shipping jobs overseas, while raising taxes on families facing major medical expenses and on Americans with student loans.  In the U.S. Senate, Republicans added a special provision for private jets, while completely obliterating the state and local tax deduction for hard working people.  In every incarnation, the GOP tax scam pads the pockets of the wealthiest, while raising taxes on tens of millions of middle class families.

“The more Californians learn about the bill, the more pressure Republicans will be under to change it.  Only if California Republicans understand the political consequences will the bill be stopped.  Remember, it was the California Republicans’ votes that made the difference in passing the Republican tax scam.  If all the Californian Republicans had voted against the bill, it would have failed.”