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Key Vote Alert: Carlos Curbelo and Mario Diaz-Balart Vote for Budget & Fast-Track Middle-Class Double Tax

Slashes SALT Deduction That Saves Floridians Thousands of Dollars Per Year

Congressmen Carlos Curbelo and Mario Diaz-Balart just voted in favor of the Senate-passed budget that officially fast-tracks the Republican plan for a Middle Class Double Tax on hardworking families in order to give tax breaks to the rich and big corporations. Worse, Curbelo and Diaz-Balart voted to eliminate the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction, which saves Floridians thousands of dollars per year.

Details of the specific amendment that eliminates SALT, included in today’s budget, are HERE.

“With this budget, Reps. Curbelo and Diaz-Balart are officially on the record supporting a middle-class tax increase – something they must explain to families and older Americans in Florida who will have less money in their pocket,” said DCCC Spokesman Cole Leiter. “Particularly shocking is that this budget slashes the State and Local Tax deduction, which families rely on in Florida for thousands of dollars in their pockets each year. It’s clear as day that Curbelo and Diaz-Balart are looking out for big corporations and the wealthiest in our country, not the people that sent them to Washington.”

BACKGROUND:

Make no mistake—the budget resolution includes a plethora of harmful policies that would devastate middle-class families. It slashes $473 billion from Medicare, cuts more than $1 trillion from Medicaid and imposes $5 trillion in discretionary cuts to programs like Head Start, Pell Grants, and cancer research.

But its true purpose is to pave the way for the Republican tax bill, which Republicans intend to jam through without any input from Democrats. This bill cuts taxes for millionaires, billionaires, and big corporations, and leaves middle-class families holding the bag. Even President Trump’s economic advisor, Gary Cohn, admitted that he “can’t guarantee” middle-class families won’t pay more taxes as a result.


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