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On the Stump: Politics 2017

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December 31, 2017
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Iowa Republicans put Trump, Republican Party first

By Eva Mitchell

Iowa Democratic Party

By supporting the GOP's reckless tax bill, Iowa Republicans showed our state where their priorities lie.

Today, every single Republican member of the Iowa congressional delegation voted in favor of the GOP's disaster of a tax bill. The final Republican tax bill provides even bigger tax breaks to the very wealthiest, at the expense of hardworking Iowa families.

Senators Grassley and Ernst along with Representatives Blum, Young, and King ignored the thousands of Iowans who called to beg their representatives to put their state ahead of their party.

Even Governor Reynolds joined the Trump Administration's effort to lobby Congress to pass this dangerous plan despite its terrible impact on the people and small businesses of Iowa.

"This ridiculous tax scheme shows exactly why the majority of Iowans want Democratic representatives in Congress and 65 percent of voters aren't ready to give Kim Reynolds another term," said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price. "Ernst, Grassley, Blum, Young, King, and Governor Reynolds have all put a partisan victory for Donald Trump and the Republican Party's special interest backers ahead of Iowa families with this tax bill. They should be ashamed of themselves."

Iowa Republicans keep their promises, put taxpayers first

From: Republican Party of Iowa

By supporting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Republicans are letting Iowans keep more of their hard earned money

Republican Party of Iowa

"Promises made, promises kept. Hardworking Iowans deserve tax relief - and with that in mind, Republicans up and down the ballot campaigned in 2016 on providing tax relief for families, individuals, and small businesses. With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, President Trump and Iowa's federal delegation have delivered a tax plan that will provide much-needed relief to the middle class," said Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Jeff Kaufmann.

In addition to increasing take-home pay for middle-class Iowans, tax reform will reduce the tax burden on small businesses, simplify tax preparation, and make American competitive again.

After tax reform was approved by Congress, Wells Fargo - one of the largest employers in Iowa - announced it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour and invest $400 million in community and nonprofit organizations. That's not the only good news for Iowa: Blumberg Grain announced jobs would be created in Iowa. Around the country, Boeing announced they'd invest $300M in employee-related investments, and AT&T announced bonuses for more than 200k employees - all as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

"In addition to delivering a tax cut for middle-class Iowans," Kaufmann continued, "I'm proud that Iowa Republicans led the charge on a number of initiatives in the tax plan:

Senator Grassley successfully included taxpayer rights and corporate accountability measures. Grassley also led the defense of the wind energy production tax credit and the student loan interest deduction.

Senator Ernst made legislators SQUEAL, leading the charge in eliminating unnecessary tax breaks for legislators. She also spearheaded the bipartisan Investing in Opportunity Act, which will spur economic growth for many distressed rural communities across Iowa.

Congressman Blum landed several wins for Iowans, including keeping the state and local tax deduction, tax-deferment for 401(k)s and IRAs, the mortgage interest deduction, tax-exempt 529 education savings plans, and allowing teachers to deduct classroom supplies they've purchased with their own money."



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