Pelosi Dear Colleague on House Democrats’ Intent to Fight for Working Families in Tax Reform

Dear Democratic Colleague,

I hope that this message finds you having an enjoyable time with your family and friends.  I am writing in appreciation of the unity of House and Senate Democrats, the mobilization of the stakeholders, and especially, the stories of the families which made the ACA success possible.  Working together, we not only won this battle, but also forged a bond that can continue to serve the American people well.

An important challenge looking ahead is tax reform.  Although we hope to work in a bipartisan way, we cannot go forward with a Republican tax reform proposal which contains tax cuts for the rich.  The consequences to the budget in terms of the deficit, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other investments would be catastrophic.  Therefore, we must insist on “Not One Penny” in tax cuts for top 1 percent.

Another challenge we face are the Republican initiatives to undermine the leverage of American workers by threatening collective bargaining, OSHA, NLRB and with a national right to work law.  “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future” insists that we win this fight.

As our protection of the ACA continues, we must pivot to improve and update the law, hopefully in a bipartisan way.  The proposals put forth by Members have been constructive and welcome.  It is important to note that one of priorities in “A Better Deal” is reducing the cost of prescription drugs.

At your town meetings, as the calls for single payer, Medicare for all, public option and other suggestions come forth, please assure your constituents that these options have always been open for discussion and will have further consideration after we return in September.

Right now, we must fight the fast-moving multi-million dollar campaign to give tax cuts to the rich.  Trickle-down economics have never worked!  During the break, we must convey the consequences to working families and we must lead in the fight against tax breaks for the rich.  “Not One Penny” in tax cuts for the top 1 percent.

Because all of our aspirations for a better future are undermined by trickle-down economics, we must all highlight the tax fight in our town hall and other meetings during this work period.

We are all our grateful to our DPCC co-chairs Cheri Bustos, David Cicilline and Hakeem Jeffries for their leadership in continuing to hear your views and shaping our message of “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.”

Thank you for your leadership.

best regards,