VIDEO: Congresswoman Bustos Slams Congressional Republicans’ Tax Scam as an Attack on the Middle-Class

Bustos lays out the GOP’s three step plan to move from a tax scam to cuts in Social Security and Medicare

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos spoke on the House floor to highlight the many ways Washington Republicans’ tax scam bill harms America’s working families. In her remarks, Bustos highlights the three steps they are taking to move from a tax bill to cutting Medicare and Social Security.

Below is the text of her remarks:


You’ve been hearing a lot about this tax plan, but really it’s a tax scam.

It’s not a mistake that Congressional Republicans are going after hardworking middle-class families, in fact, it is an intentional attack against them.

Let me explain briefly.

They have laid out a simple three step process – here they are.

Step one: Pass a tax scam that they know will raise taxes on millions of middle-class families in order to give tax cuts to corporate special interests and billionaires.

That alone will saddle our children with more than a trillion dollars in new debt.

Step two: Flip out about this new debt.

Step three: Then demand cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

For months, Congressional Republicans have denied that this is what they are doing.

Well, let me tell you what happened last week.

Speaker Ryan, and I quote, said this, word for word: “We’re going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit.”

He says that “entitlements” are what he’s going to go after.

Well you know what entitlements are? Medicare and Social Security.

I urge my colleagues to reject this tax scam.

Instead, let’s offer a Better Deal to the American public.