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Key Vote Alert: Flip-Flop Comstock Votes for Middle Class Double Tax

Slashes SALT Deduction That Saves Virginia Families Thousands of Dollars Per Year
After voting against the House budget three weeks ago, Rep. Barbara Comstock just flip flopped and voted in favor of the Senate-passed budget that fast-tracks the Republican plan for a Middle Class Double Tax on hardworking families in order to give tax breaks to big corporations. Comstock has been silent on Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan to eliminate the State and Local Tax Deduction that keeps money in the pockets of middle class families in her district, but is now on the record in support of allowing her constituents to be double taxed on their income.

More than 51% of Comstock’s constituents – one of the highest percentages of any congressional district in the country – received nearly $5 billion in tax relief from the SALT deduction.

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

“Speaker Paul Ryan called, and Rep. Barbara Comstock delivered – flipping her vote and putting herself on the record in support of a tax increase on homeowners and middle class families in Virginia,” said DCCC spokesperson Jacob Peters. “There are few areas in the country where middle-class families benefit more from this tax deduction than Comstock’s Virginia district, yet she just voted to eliminate it. It is clear as day that Barbara Comstock is on the side of Paul Ryan and corporate special interests, not the Virginians that elected her.”

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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