SENATE DEMS SPELL OUT TAX REFORM TERMS
WASHINGTON» Senate Democrats and independents said Tuesday that upcoming legislation to rewrite the nation’s tax code should ensure the middle class doesn’t pay more and the “top 1 percent” doesn’t pay less.
In a letter to Republican leaders, including President Donald Trump, 45 of the 48 Senate Democratics said they won’t support any upcoming GOP effort to overhaul the tax system that delivers cuts to the top 1 percent or adds to the government’s $20 trillion debt.
Republicans controlling Congress are gearing up to advance their tax measure this fall, promising to lower rates on businesses and individuals, while clearing out many tax breaks and deductions.
The terms laid out by Democrats are unlikely to tempt Republicans, who are planning to use a filibuster-proof Senate procedure to advance the legislation without their help. — The Associated Press