California’s 14 Republicans in Congress just betrayed California’s middle class.
By passing a budget and tax bill that ends the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, the 14 voted to raise taxes on 489,000 Californians by an average of $3,290 a year.
The state and local tax deduction helps middle class taxpayers in California, New York, and New Jersey most of all, because they are higher cost-of-living states with more taxes collected. Yet while Republicans in New York and New Jersey rebelled against the middle class tax hike, California Republicans didn’t care.
Keep in mind, 80% of the tax cuts in the GOP budget are for the richest 1%, and it raises the deficit by $1.5 trillion. These are the same jokers that voted to cut $1.5 trillion from Medicare and Medicaid. Who the heck are they representing?
The 14 are counting on voters not hearing about this monstrous vote. We’re going to change that.
This budget passed 216-212. If only three California Republicans stood up for California’s middle class, this bill would have gone down as another Trumpian failure.
Enough is enough. They’re destroying the social safety net and raising taxes on the middle class to funnel money to the top 1%. It’s sickening.
The good news: this bill still requires one more vote in the House before it becomes law. They knew Democrats in the Senate would stop this terrible bill, so they deployed a parliamentary trick that allows it to avoid a 60-vote requirement in the Senate. It’ll have to come back to the House to make it official, and that gives us time. We can make them regret their betrayal.
If you want to give the 14 a piece of your mind, their phone numbers are below.
Doug LaMalfa (CA-01): (530) 878-5035
Tom McClintock (CA-04): (916) 786-5560
Paul Cook (CA-08): (760) 247-1815
Jeff Denham (CA-10): (209) 579-5458
David Valadao (CA-21): (661) 864-7736
Devin Nunes (CA-22): (559) 323-5235
Kevin McCarthy (CA-23): (661) 327-3611
Steve Knight (CA-25): (661) 441-0320
Ed Royce (CA-39): (714) 255-0101
Ken Calvert (CA-42): (951) 277-0042
Mimi Walters (CA-45): (949) 263-8703
Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48): (714) 960-6483
Darrell Issa (CA-49): (949) 281-2449
Duncan Hunter (CA-50): (619) 448-5201