West Virginia House Members' Vote for GOP Tax Plan Will Harm Families - Will They Make It Worse By Supporting Cuts in Critical Programs in 2018?
For Immediate Release
Contact: Caitlin Cook, 304.543.4879
[Charleston, WV] - After the House of Representatives voted today to pass the Republican tax bill, Ted Boettner of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy released the following statement:
"By passing this damaging tax bill, House Republicans have put the interests of major corporations and wealthy households above everyone else. In fact, the bill harms millions of low- and middle-income families by raising their taxes. Now, congressional Republican leaders are already calling for spending cuts next year that will threaten working families-and they're using high deficits, which their tax bill made worse, to justify these cuts.
This agenda is a one-two punch for working families, children, seniors, and people with disabilities. Calls for spending cuts to balance the budget are nothing more than thinly-veiled efforts to gut programs like Medicaid, SNAP, and disability insurance that help struggling West Virginians meet their basic needs. These cuts will hurt people in our state and put even more pressure on West Virginia's budget, which is already stretched thin.
We all share a responsibility to ensure that struggling families, especially families with young children and seniors, do not go hungry or become homeless. All three of West Virginia's representatives -- Alex Mooney, David McKinley, and Evan Jenkins -- failed struggling working families when they voted for the GOP tax bill, but they will have a second chance. Alex Mooney, David McKinley, and Evan Jenkins should commit now to standing against budget cuts that would further hurt everyday Americans by taking away health coverage, food assistance, housing, and more from West Virginia families."