Rep. Vargas Statement on the Passage of the GOP Tax Scam
Washington, D.C. (November 16, 2017)—Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) released this statement after House Republicans passed their tax plan, which will raise taxes for 36 million middle class families:
“House Republicans passed a tax proposal that raises taxes on millions of working Americans to pay for tax cuts for the rich and corporations.
“The Republican tax scam eliminates key deductions for families, students, veterans, and seniors. Working families in my district will see their taxes increase with the elimination of essential deductions, including the personal exemption deduction, the student loan interest deduction, the medical expense deduction, and even the educator expense deduction.
“Cutting taxes for the richest Americans will also trigger massive cuts to programs that working families, veterans, and seniors depend on—including billions of dollars in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, hurting the most vulnerable in our communities.
“With an increase in taxes and drastic cuts to essential programs, hardworking Americans in my district, and across the country, will feel the effect of the Republican tax scam in their wallets. Congress should work on bipartisan tax reform that supports working families, veterans, and seniors, and won’t blow a $1.5 trillion hole in the deficit.”
Vargas represents California’s 51st Congressional District which includes the southern portion of San Diego County, all of Imperial County and California’s entire U.S.-Mexico border. Vargas was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and is currently serving his third term in Congress. He serves on the House Financial Services Committee.