Press Release

AFT’s Weingarten on GOP Tax ‘Deal’

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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Andrew Crook
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acrook@aft.org

WASHINGTON—AFT President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement condemning the GOP’s conference committee tax deal:

“I didn’t think it was possible, but the Republicans have managed to use their conference committee to make the tax bill even sweeter for the rich and worse for working families.

“People in the top tax bracket are now getting even more money. Corporations got the alternative minimum tax tossed. But middle-class families are still left with a state and local tax ‘deal’ that’s still going to raise their taxes while cutting important local services like public schools, police and firefighting.

“And you don’t need to take just my word for it. Even Marco Rubio can’t understand why they’re able to keep giving more money to the rich and corporations while they can’t give any bigger credits to families.

“This entire process has been a sham to hide the bill from the American public. It needs to be slowed down so people can actually read what is in the final deal, and it shouldn’t be voted on until Doug Jones is seated.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.