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Key Vote Alert: Erik Paulsen, Jason Lewis Fall In Line With Speaker Ryan’s Middle Class Tax Increase

Vote to Slash SALT Deduction That Saves Minnesotans Thousands of Dollars Per Year

Reps. Erik Paulsen and Jason Lewis 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, Paulsen and Lewis voted to eliminate the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction, which saves Minnesotans thousands of dollars per year.

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

“With this budget, Congressmen Lewis and Paulsen are officially on the record supporting a middle-class tax increase – something they must explain to families and older Americans in Minnesota who will have less money in their pockets,” said DCCC Spokeswoman Rachel Irwin. “Particularly shocking is that this budget eliminates the State and Local Tax deduction, which Minnesotan families rely on for thousands of dollars in their pockets each year. It’s clear as day that Congressmen Paulsen and Lewis are looking out for big corporations and the wealthiest in our country, not the people that sent him to Washington.”


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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