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Honorable Tim Walz

Representing the 1st District of MINNESOTA

Rep. Walz Announces Statement from Vice President Mondale and Governor Carlson on Tax Bill

Nov 15, 2017
Press Release

Minnesota – Today, Rep. Walz announced the following statement from Vice President Walter Mondale and Governor Arne Carlson on H.R. 1, the House Republican tax bill:

“As former public officials, we are increasingly concerned about the role of money in influencing public policy. The United States House of Representatives is on its way to pass out major tax legislation without public hearings. In addition, they leak out information daily about the possibility of major changes, thereby preventing analysis and commentary.

This is repugnant in a democratic society, period.

There are two certainties in the tax bill: large financial rewards to the Republican donor base and a massive increase in our national debt.

With this in mind, we issue the following challenge to House Members who vote for this bill:

PUBLICLY PLEDGE TO RUN FOR REELECTION.

This is the only way the public can express its voice on policies that are harmful to the general good and practices that are clearly undemocratic.

We are fearful that some members will vote “yes,” then announce their retirement to spend more time with their families and accept lucrative employment from those who reap the benefits.”

Respectfully,

Walter F. Mondale

Arne H. Carlson

Former, Vice President of the United States

Retired, Governor of Minnesota

Democrat

Republican

Walz will vote against the GOP tax bill and has been vocal about the harm it would do to veterans, farmers and middle class families.

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