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Democrats supported tax reform before they opposed it

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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel took aim at Democrats yesterday for their opposition to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act currently making its way through Congress.

“Democrats in Congress vowing to oppose the bill should remember what they themselves once supported,” writes McDaniel in the Washington Examiner. She offers a pretty good list:

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said last year he favored cutting the corporate tax rate to make U.S. businesses competitive worldwide.
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was on the same page: “It is long past time for tax reform that would lower the corporate rate.”
  • Expanding the child tax credit? Former Sen. Tom Daschle and Pelosi called on President Bush to do just that in 2003.
  • How about axing the Alternative Minimum Tax? None other than Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wanted to replace it with a simpler flat rate during his presidential run.

The bottom line? Passing any major legislation is difficult – it requires genuine compromise and sacrifice. But the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a good-faith effort to give middle- and working-class families a boost. Now, says McDaniel, Democrats “are nowhere to be found.”

Read more of McDaniel’s op-ed here.

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