People For the American Way

PFAW: GOP Tax Bill is “A Disaster”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2017

Contact: Drew Courtney at People For the American Way

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 202-467-4999

Statement from Marge Baker, PFAW’s executive vice president on today’s vote:

“Today, the GOP will vote on whether or not to plunder America to aid our country’s wealthiest corporations and people.

“We have a president in office today who made flashy promises about taking back the government for working class Americans. Now he’s on the verge of perpetrating a massive heist to benefit the wealthy. This bill is a scam, plain and simple. It will damage our healthcare system, endanger our social safety net, and threaten the economic wellbeing of millions of people all to line the pockets of Trump’s billionaire friends.

“This bill will go down in history as a massive win for plutocracy and a huge loss for ordinary people.”

Statement from Diallo Brooks, senior director of outreach and public engagement, on how the GOP tax bill will affect Black Americans:

“For Black Americans still recovering from the Great Recession, the GOP tax bill will be devastating. There is no way to sugarcoat the largest wealth redistribution to the ultra-rich our nation has ever seen – this is going to be horrible.

“The GOP tax bill is an attack on African American communities across this country. It threatens the healthcare and essential social programs that most benefit our communities all to finance tax breaks for the rich. Just a decade after the Great Recession wiped out half of Black wealth, this bill is another huge blow to Black working families.”

People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.