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JOBS for Success Act Promotes Upward Mobility and the Dignity of Work

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Posted by Tom Hebert on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019, 1:58 PM PERMALINK

The Republican-passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has created a vibrant economy with immense opportunity for workers all over the country to move up the economic ladder.

In 2018, the economy grew at 3.1 growth, totally eclipsing the anemic 1.9 percent GDP growth under the high-tax Obama years. Since President Trump took office, the economy has added over 5.5 million jobs, and 2019 has seen approximately 330,000 jobs created so far. Unemployment is hitting record lows for key demographics including African-Americans, Hispanics, and women. Wages are increasing 3.2 percent, and job openings hit a record high of 7.5 million in February.

Despite this economic good news, there is still work to be done. While the labor force participation rate is on the rise, Congress should still reaffirm its commitment to ensuring that long-term employment opportunities remain available for American workers.

Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) have introduced legislation in their respective chambers that would encourage upward mobility for American workers. Their legislation, the “Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits and Services (JOBS) for Success Act” (S.802/H.R. 1753), reforms the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to encourage and equip able-bodied adults with the tools they need to find long-term work.

Over time, Congress has allowed TANF’s work requirements to weaken, and many states have abdicated their statutory duty to encourage TANF recipients to find work. For a program designed to help Americans enter the workplace

The JOBS for Success Act introduces accountability back into the process by requiring that all TANF recipients have a job, are actively looking for a job, or are giving back to their community via volunteer work.

Recipients must also meet short and long-term career goals based on individualized plans built around their specific skill level and education. The legislation additionally requires states to issue regular report cards to the federal government on the efficacy of their programs.

The sheer fiscal weight of federal entitlement programs highlights the urgent need for real reform. According to CBO, federal spending on welfare has nearly doubled between 2006 ($369 billion) to 2016 ($744 billion). When factoring in state government spending, total government spending on welfare programs already exceeds $1 trillion annually. Without reform, CBO projects that federal spending alone will exceed $1 trillion by 2026.

Instead of throwing more money at federal programs, the JOBS for Success Act introduces accountability back into the TANF procress. Reforming TANF will build on the success of tax reform by promoting upward mobility so that Americans can get a job and keep their job. And by focusing on fostering an environment where the dignity of work is cherished and upheld, the JOBS for Success Act ensures that future generations of American workers will enjoy stable long-term employment.

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KEY VOTE: ATR Urges NO Vote on H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2019

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Posted by Tom Hebert on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019, 8:15 AM PERMALINK

Congress is expected to vote this week on H.R. 1, a sweeping piece of legislation that will consolidate political power on the left and threaten our electoral integrity. 

ATR urges a NO vote on H.R. 1

Since regaining control of the House of Representatives in November, Democrats have made it clear that they intend to leverage their newfound power to permanently alter American institutions to benefit themselves and their allies.

Their first major bill, H.R. 1, will fundamentally transform how elections are conducted in the U.S., politicize the historically bipartisan Federal Elections Commission, and suppress political speech for American citizens. Instead of the “For the People Act of 2019,” the bill should be called the “Democrat Political Protection Act of 2019.”

Click here to read ATR’s full letter on H.R. 1.

H.R. 1 Fundamentally Transforms How Elections are Conducted in the U.S.

  • The legislation implements a 600% match for certain political contributions to congressional and presidential candidates forcing taxpayers to subsidize political campaigns – even campaigns that they may disagree with. Under the provision, any individual that donates under $200 to a candidate or PAC is entitled to a $6 match to every dollar donated. In order to qualify for the match, a candidate must raise $50,000 in small-dollar donations or have at least 1,000 small-dollar donors.
     
  • Provisions like this have been abused in the past. An Arizona Congressional candidate took over $100,000 in public match funds and spent it on nightclubs, vehicle rentals, and restaurants. Instead of returning the entirety of the funds he stole, he only had to return $15,000.
     
  • In New York City, former city council member Sheldon Leffler was convicted of attempting to break up a $10,000 donation to take advantage of NYC’s public matching program. Similarly, a city council candidate was convicted of spending $17, 223 in public matching funds for personal expenses like groceries, restaurants, and gas.
     
  • If H.R. 1 became law, the federal government would force states to implement early voting, automatic voter registration, same-day registration, online voter registration, and no-fault absentee balloting.
     
  • The bill would invalidate voter identification laws all across the country by allowing voters to simply sign a statement affirming their identity as they enter their polling place. These massive changes infringe on states’ rights and threaten the integrity of our election process.
     
  • Article I Section IV of the Constitution clearly gives state legislatures the primary responsibility for — quote — the “times, places, and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives.” This is a blatant power grab by Democrats to rewrite election laws to benefit themselves and their friends.
     

H.R. 1 Politicizes the Federal Elections Commission

  • This legislation politicizes the historically non-partisan Federal Elections Commission (FEC), transforming it from a six-member bipartisan committee to a five-member committee.
     
  • Currently, the FEC is comprised of three Democrats and three Republicans and needs four votes to move forward with any prosecution of alleged campaign violations or investigations.
     
  • If H.R. 1 were implemented, the panel would contain two Democrats, two Republicans, and an “independent” from a minor political party. Three votes would be required to move forward on any matter. Under this rule, a president could appoint a Bernie Sanders-style “independent” to serve as the fifth member of the FEC.
     
  • H.R. 1 takes a step further in politicizing the FEC by allowing the president to unilaterally pick the FEC Chairman and abolishing the longstanding requirement that the Chair and Vice-Chair be from different parties. The legislation also expands the Chair’s power over the committee, allowing him to issue subpoenas, compel testimony, and control the FEC budget without consulting the rest of the commission.
     

H.R. 1 Suppresses Freedom of Speech

  • The legislation would stifle free speech through new donor identification requirements. If implemented, organizations that make “campaign-related disbursements” totaling more than $10,000 during a two-year period would have to publicly identify the donors that gave over $10,000 during that period.
     
  • The legislation continues to chip away at free speech by inventing a new regulation called “PASO,” an overbroad standard that asks whether political speech “promotes,” “attacks,” “supports,” or “opposes” a candidate or official. This vague standard is open to broad interpretation by the ruling party and is a clear tool for political targeting.
     
  • In a further attack on free speech, H.R. 1 undoes the FEC’s “internet exemption” which excludes the internet from regulation of political speech. Essentially, if the FEC deems that online communication is “paid,” it is fair game for the same regulations and donor disclosure requirements as traditional advertisements.
     
  • This even includes any communication any organization makes on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, including paid staffers managing the platforms. 
     
  • This provision implements a “public file” requirement for any person or organization spending over $500 in a calendar year, forcing them to identify the name, address, and contact information of ad sponsors that are not candidates or with the campaign.
     
  • The bill expands the “stand by your ad” disclaimer in video advertisements, forcing organizations to identify their top five donors at the end of advertisements. This is a clear infringement on the First Amendment rights of all Americans to engage in political speech without fear of retaliation from those who disagree.
     
  • While the bill makes a lot of references to Super PACs and dark money, it is clear that these provisions will affect the free speech rights of everyday Americans looking to engage in the political process.
     

Taken as a whole, H.R. 1 is an unconstitutional bill that federalizes the elections process, politicizes the FEC, and suppresses freedom of speech. Congress should reject this legislation. 

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Democrats Are Damaging Electoral Integrity With H.R. 1

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Posted by Tom Hebert on Thursday, February 14th, 2019, 9:00 AM PERMALINK

In the first few weeks of the 116th Congress, House Democrats have introduced H.R. 1, a sweeping piece of legislation that will weaponize elections and restrict political speech for all Americans. The legislation is brimming with unconstitutional provisions that would damage our electoral integrity and rewrite longstanding election law for the benefit of the Democrat Party.  

The new legislation politicizes and weaponizes the FEC to favor the ruling political party. Under current law, the FEC is a six-member commission, with three Republicans and three Democrats. Four votes are needed to move forward with any prosecution of alleged violations or investigations. This construction ensures that decisions made by the Commission are truly bipartisan and free from any political animus.

H.R. 1 fundamentally changes the construction of the FEC by reducing the number of members from six to five. Advocates of H.R. 1 try to obfuscate this clear politicization by insisting that the new five-person committee must consist of two Republicans, two Democrats, and one “independent” member that is a member of a minor political party.

By this logic, the president could appoint an independent like Bernie Sanders, who is functionally a liberal Democrat, to be the fifth member of the FEC. The new construction rigs the system to ensure total partisan control of the FEC, exactly the opposite of how the Commission is designed under current law.

To make matters worse, H.R. 1 authorizes the president to pick the Chairman of the FEC, all but ensuring total presidential control of the Commission. Under current law, the FEC has a Chair and Vice Chair, and they must be from different parties and selected by the Commission. Not only would H.R. 1 allow the president to pick the Chair, the legislation drastically increases the power the Chair has over the committee.

Essentially, the Chair would function as Chief Administrative Officer over the committee, and would be allowed to act on his own with regard to issuing subpoenas, compelling testimony, and controlling the FEC budget. H.R. 1 also abolishes the requirement that the Vice Chair must be a different party than the Chair, further demonstrating that Democrats want the ruling political party to have ironclad control over a historically bipartisan agency. 

H.R. 1 also changes how campaigns are funded. The bill implements a subsidy for politicians in the form of a 600 percent match for small-dollar political contributions. Any individual that donates under $200 to a candidate or PAC is entitled to a 6 to 1 match from the federal government. In effect, this provision would force taxpayers to subsidize political campaigns. This insane 600 percent match of political contributions would be another step towards campaigns funded by theft from taxpayers instead of voluntary political contributions.

Another provision contained in H.R. 1 is new donor identification requirements that would further suppress free speech. According to the new legislation, organizations that make “campaign-related disbursements” totaling more than $10,000 during a two-year period must publicly identify all that gave over $10,000 during the two-year period. The legislation also expands the “stand by your ad” disclaimer in video advertisements, forcing organizations to identify their top five donors at the end of advertisements.

This is obviously an egregious infringement on the First Amendment rights of every American to support causes without fear of intimidation or harassment from those that may disagree. Especially in today’s rancorous political environment, protecting the integrity of donor information is more important than ever.

The bill also creates numerous cases where the ruling political class suppresses political speech. Specifically, the bill creates a new standard for regulating political speech called “PASO.” The PASO standard is an overly-vague standard that asks whether speech “promotes,” “attacks,” “supports,” or “opposes” a candidate or official. If political speech meets the vague PASO standard, the speech can be regulated.

H.R. 1 also undoes the FEC’s “Internet exemption” which excludes the internet from regulation of political speech. Essentially, if the FEC deems that online communication is “paid,” it is subjected to the same regulations and donor disclosure requirements as traditional advertisements. This overbroad and overvague provision would even include content on free platforms like Twitter and Facebook, as the paid definition extends to paid staffers managing the platforms. 

Finally, this legislation contains a whole host of bad provisions that would federalize and fundamentally transform how elections are conducted in this country. If the bill was signed into law, the federal government would force the states to implement early voting, automatic voter registration, same-day registration, online voter registration, and no-fault absentee balloting. The bill would also invalidate voter identification laws all over the country by allowing voters to simply sign a statement affirming their identity instead of providing identification.

H.R. 1 also contains language designed to block voter intimidation, which seems reasonable until you realize that it largely duplicates measures already in place all across the country. These systemic changes are a gift to campaign lawyers and their litigious clients, and it comes at the cost of our electoral integrity.

Make no mistake about it – H.R. 1 is a dangerous piece of legislation. If implemented, the bill would suppress political speech, politicize and weaponize the FEC, fund campaigns through theft of taxpayer dollars, and implement numerous reforms that would damage our electoral integrity. This parade of horribles is a clear attempt to grab power by Democrats and to rewrite election law to benefit their cronies and lobbyists. Congress should reject this legislation. 

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To Lower Drug Costs, Congress Should Focus on Free-Market Solutions, Not Price Controls

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Posted by Tom Hebert on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019, 12:18 PM PERMALINK

Congress is considering measures to address the high price of prescription drugs. Democrats have called for more government control over the health care system, namely imposing price controls on prescription drugs. If implemented, price controls would destroy American medical innovation and raise drug prices for all Americans.

In contrast, Republicans are focusing on solutions that will use market forces to bring down prescription drug costs. In a letter to House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Ways and Means Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Republican Leader Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) emphasized their opposition to price controls.

As the letter notes, Congressional Republicans are ready and willing to work with Democrats in a bipartisan fashion to lower prescription drug prices. Brady and Nunes want to target overpriced drugs, empowering patients to choose the most affordable medicines, and eliminating Medicare incentives that raise drug prices and reward bad actors.

Brady and Nunes rightly recognize that importing foreign price controls for medicine will destroy medical innovation in the U.S. They state:

“To protect the hope of future medical breakthroughs, Republicans reject Washington price controls that limit American’s access to live-saving medicines many families are counting on. We recognize that the Medicare Part B and D programs are in need of reform. But empowering unaccountable, unelected bureaucrats to deny coverage of certain drugs and restrict formulary choice is not the answer. Americans’ access to innovative drugs is unparalleled. As this Committee works together to fix skewed incentives in the drug pricing market, it must be mindful to avoid policies that truly jeopardize innovation.”

In looking for ways to address high drug costs, Congress should reject price controls and other anti-free market policies that would raise drug prices for the U.S. Instead, Congress should focus on free-market solutions that will deliver real relief to the American people.

Click here to read the full letter.

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GOP Tax Cuts Saved Job of Trump SOTU Guest

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Posted by Tom Hebert on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019, 1:49 PM PERMALINK

President Trump has released his guest list for tonight’s State of the Union Address, and one guest in particular has felt the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  

Roy James is the Plant Manager of the Vicksburg Forest Products lumber facility in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Roy put 26 years in the company, eventually becoming Vice President of Operations.

After spending nearly three decades at the company, Roy was told that the plant was closing its doors.

Fortunately the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act allowed states to designate “Opportunity Zones” -- economically distressed areas where new investors can receive tax incentives for investing in the community.

The location of the Vicksburg plant was designated an opportunity zone, and the plant reopened.

Since the Vicksburg facility was reopened, Roy was promoted to Plant Manager, and now oversees the entire facility.

Roy’s story is yet another example of how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been a smashing success for millions of American families and small businesses. ATR has chronicled examples ofhundreds of companies giving their employees pay raises, increased benefits, and bonuses since the GOP tax bill was signed into law.

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Congress Should Kill the Death Tax Once and for All

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Posted by Tom Hebert on Thursday, January 31st, 2019, 11:02 AM PERMALINK

Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) has joined 28 Senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in reintroducing legislation that permanently repeals the death tax. S. 215, the “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2019,” would finally end the tax that hits small businesses and family-run farms all across the country.

The death tax is a 40 percent tax on all assets after an individual dies. The assets in an estate were previously subject to income taxes, capital gains taxes, dividend taxes, or the corporate income tax. All the dollars have already been taxed at least once. Homes, land, small business assets, stocks, savings.

This is bad policy for a number of reasons, chief among them that it is unfair double taxation. If an individual spends his entire life earning income and paying taxes, why is it fair for the government to come in and tax that income again once he dies?

The death tax also targets small businesses and family farms at the exclusion of the mega-wealthy. While the mega-wealthy and family farms technically face the same death tax, small business owners cannot afford to hire a small army of lawyers and accountants to exempt large portions of their estates from the tax. As always, complex laws are rife with loopholes that the rich can exploit at the expense of the less fortunate.

Finally, death tax repeal would spur economic growth. A Tax Foundation study shows that death tax repeal would boost GDP growth, create 139,000 jobs, and increase federal revenue. That is not a typo - repealing the death tax would actually increase the money the government collects from the taxpayers on an annual basis.

Public polling consistently shows that large majorities of the American people favor death tax repeal. It is time for politicians on both sides of the aisle to follow the will of the people and get it done.

Senator Thune and S. 215’s cosponsors should be commended for their efforts to repeal the crushing death tax once and for all. All members of Congress should support the “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2019,” and President Trump should sign it into law.

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Congress Should Reject the “United States Reciprocal Trade Act”

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Posted by Tom Hebert on Thursday, January 10th, 2019, 12:44 PM PERMALINK

News reports indicate that several House Republicans have been working on legislation (the "United States Reciprocal Trade Act") that will expand the executive branch’s authority over levying tariffs against other countries. The bill would permit the executive branch to unilaterally negotiate trade agreements with other countries and levy tariffs if he determines there are trade barriers negatively impacting the sale of U.S. goods. Congress should reject this legislation.

President Trump is entirely correct in his desire to help American businesses and workers with better trade deals with foreign countries. However, tariffs and trade wars are counterproductive to this goal.

Tariffs destabilize markets and harm American manufacturing. Instead of punishing foreign countries for manipulative trade practices, tariffs punish American workers and businesses by artificially inflating prices. While tariffs may give a short-term boost to domestic manufacturers (like steel and aluminum manufacturers), every industry using those materials will pass the higher prices on to consumers.

The facts are clear: tariffs cost jobs and increase prices for everyday consumers. They are a net loser for the United States.

The Constitution gives Congress the authority to negotiate trade deals with other countries. Article I Section 8 gives Congress the power to “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States.” For decades, Congress has abdicated this and other responsibilities to the Executive Branch to disastrous effect.

Passing the Reciprocal Trade Act into law would only further enable the Executive Branch to amass more power over international trade. Congress should reject this legislation and reassert its commitment to checks and balances as laid out in the Constitution.

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U.S. Economy Adds 312,000 Jobs In December

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Posted by Tom Hebert on Friday, January 4th, 2019, 12:06 PM PERMALINK

The Trump economy added 312,000 jobs in December, smashing expectations and defying Democrats who said tax reform and regulatory reform are harming the economy. The Department of Labor is also reporting that wages have increased 3.2 percent since December 2017, and 419,000 new workers entered the labor force this past month.

December’s jobs numbers end a year of solid job and economic growth on a high note. Job growth totaled 2.6 million in 2018, beating Trump’s still-impressive 2.2 million job growth in 2017.

This is the 12th jobs report since Trump signed the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law.

Since then, the U.S. has had a number of economic successes. The U.S. is the most competitive economy in the world for the first time in a decade, and there are approximately7.1 million job openings available to people looking for work. Small business confidence is at an all time high, and manufacturers have posted their biggest jobs gains in 20 years. 

Since they regained control of the House, Democrats have made it a priority to impose a trillion-dollar tax hike on the American people. Democrats have changed the House rules in order to make it easier to raise taxes. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the Medicare for America Act, legislation that would increase taxes on American families and businesses large and small.

This bill would effectively repeal the TCJA by increasing taxes at every level, cutting the child tax credit in half, cut the standard deduction in half, and increase the Alternative Minimum Tax. The bill would also increase taxes on corporations and small business owners, obliterating the gains made in wages and jobs over the past year.

Democrats have also rejected Republican efforts to make the $2,000 child tax credit permanent, as well as the doubled standard deduction. Democrat rejection of these pro-family policies show that they are more interested in their tax-and-spend liberal agenda than promoting the interests of the hardworking people they were elected to serve.

Continued success of the economy depends on more tax reform and deregulation. The new Democrat House majority’s reckless focus on trillion-dollar tax hikes and stifling small businesses with regulation threatens our continued economic success.

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Dems to Change House Rules to Make Tax Hikes Easier

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Posted by Tom Hebert on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019, 1:43 PM PERMALINK

Democrats are set to vote on a bill that changes the rules of the House to make it easier to raise taxes.

This change is being proposed as part of H.Res.6, the House Democrats’ rules package for the 116th Congress. 

Since they’ve controlled the House since 2011, Republicans maintained a rule requiring any bill that increases federal income taxes to have the support of three-fifths majority of Congress.

Democrats are proposing to abolish this rule.

Under the new Democrat house, Congress will be able to raise taxes by a simple majority voice vote, a change that will make it vastly easier for Democrats to raise taxes.

In fact, during the midterm elections, Democrats all across the country promised to impose massive, trillion-dollar tax hikes on the American people. This change moves them one step closer to that goal.  

Another rules change being imposed by Democrats is the repeal of dynamic scoring, a mechanism that allows policymakers to forecast the effects of fiscal policy based on the predicted behavior of people and organizations. By returning to static scoring, Democrats ignore the real-world changes in behavior by tax cuts and other boons to economic growth.

These changes are another step forward in the continued Democrat assault on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has referred to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as “Armageddon” and its benefits for workers as “crumbs.”

In reality, the GOP tax bill has been successful in growing the American economy and increasing wages. Under the new law, 90 percent of Americans have higher take-home pay. GDP growth has consistently been between 3 and 4 percent, dwarfing the anemic growth of 2 percent during the Obama years.

Small business confidence is hitting record highs, manufacturing confidence is at an all-time high, job openings are at a record high, and Americans in all 50 states are seeing lower utility bills.

The GOP tax law has also made the U.S a more competitive place to do business because of the reduction of the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent and the creation of the 20 percent deduction for pass-through businesses. Since these reforms, the U.S. has been named the most competitive economy in the world.

In order to preserve this competitive tax system, Americans for Tax Reform has launched a new special project, Defend21.org, to highlight the success of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

With these new House rules changes, Democrats have made it crystal clear that their top priority is to raise taxes and claw back the economic successes of Congressional Republicans and President Trump.

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Dems Change Rules to Make It Easier to Raise Taxes

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Posted by Tom Hebert on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018, 2:24 PM PERMALINK

[See Also: Carbon Taxes Are Consistently Rejected by The People]

It is no surprise that one of the first acts of the new Democrat majority will be to make it easier to raise taxes on the American people. 

Incoming House Rules Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) has announced that House Democrats have abandoned a rules plan that would have required a three-fifths House majority to raise taxes. The House rules proposal would have limited the new Democrat majority’s ability to raise taxes, something that the tax-and-spend left has never been comfortable with.

"The Democrat Caucus in the House of Represenatives voted to send a message to all American taxpayers—you are all a target and we want to make it as easy to raise taxes as possible," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. "The 'new' Democrats are maintaining the brand of the old democrats. All tax hikes, all the time."

During the midterm elections, Democrats all across the country promised to impose a trillion dollars in tax hikes. Incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has referred to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as “Armageddon” and its benefits for workers as “crumbs.”

No matter how many Democrats smear the GOP tax law, the real world effects of the law are crystal clear. Under the new law, 90% of Americans have higher take-home pay. Small business confidence is hitting record highs, manufacturing confidence is at an all-time high, job openings are at a record high, and Americans in all 50 states are paying lower utility bills.

The GOP tax law has also made United States business and manufacturing competitive on an international scale. Before President Trump signed the tax cuts into law, the U.S. had a 35% corporate tax rate, the highest in the world. Now the corporate rate is 21%, allowing us to compete for business on the world stage. Americans for Tax Reform has launched a new special project, Defend21.org, that will hold the line against raising the corporate rate.

Reversing this trend by raising taxes would be a disaster, and Democrats have already started to game the system to make it easier for them to hike taxes. With Democrats regaining control of the House in January, it is more critical than ever that all taxpayer-friendly elected officials stand strong against any and all tax increases.

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