Walz Votes No on GOP Tax Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Tim Walz (MN-01) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 1, the House Republican tax bill:
“Instead of working across the aisle to find common ground on real tax reform solutions, my Republican colleagues have once again rushed a partisan bill through the House that would have a detrimental impact on millions of Americans. If this legislation were to become law, 36 million middle class families would see their taxes increase; the farm safety net our farmers rely on during tough times would be at risk of losing funding; and the prosperity, stability and economic opportunity of our veterans, service members, and their families would be threatened.
“While adding $1.5 trillion to our federal deficit, this corporate handout of a bill cuts taxes for the wealthiest in our country, many of whom donate ridiculous sums of money to get the same individuals who voted for this bill elected. I do not believe that this correlation between campaign donations and this giveaway to the ultra-rich is a mere coincidence. The influence of money in our politics is taking a growing toll on the good we are capable of achieving here in Washington for our constituents back home. In order to ensure the voices of all those we are tasked with representing here on Capitol Hill are heard, we must reform how campaigns are financed in this country.”
Walz, who has been vocal about the harm the GOP tax bill would do to veterans, farmers and middle class families, announced a statement from Vice President Walter Mondale and Governor Arne Carlson on the legislation yesterday. The full statement can be read here.