Shea-Porter Votes Against Sending GOP Tax Bill to Conference
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) released the following statement after voting “no” on the Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 1, which passed the House by a vote of 222-192 and sends the Republican tax scam forward toward becoming law:
“Tonight, I voted to stop House Republicans from continuing to rush their tax giveaway for the wealthy through Congress while keeping the public in the dark. Republicans have drafted this bill with zero public hearings and have refused to allow any Democratic amendments, shutting Democratic Members of Congress and the people we represent out of the process on a hugely consequential piece of legislation. Unfortunately, House Republicans rammed the motion through on a party-line vote, and have now set the stage for a vote on final passage of their reverse-Robin-Hood tax scam as soon as this week.”
In November, Shea-Porter voted against the House Republican tax bill, calling it “an attack on our economic security and on the fabric of our nation.” After Senate Republicans passed their own bill on Saturday, she sounded the alarm to her constituents, saying: “We can’t stand by and let Congressional Republicans and their lobbyists rig this system even further against working families.”
Over the past year, Shea-Porter has repeatedly voiced her commitment to bipartisan, revenue-neutral tax reform, including in response to President Trump’s tax blueprint in April and to a letter from Governor Sununu in September.
House Republicans did not hold a single hearing on their nearly 500-page tax bill and spent less than a week marking up the bill in the House Ways and Means Committee. In contrast, over the course of two years, House Democrats held over 79 Affordable Care Act hearings and markups, heard from 181 witnesses, and accepted 30 Republican amendments. House Republicans did not accept a single Democratic amendment during markup of their tax bill.