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Sunday, April 22, 2018


Dear David, 

Wednesday was Tax Day – the day all Americans are required to submit their taxes to the IRS. But this year, we are all too aware that the tax code has been tilted in favor of the wealthiest Americans and most profitable corporations at the expense of working people. The GOP tax scam will cause 86 million more middle class families to pay more in taxes, while billionaires and special interest take home a $1.5 trillion tax cut. That is not how our system is supposed to work. We need a tax code that is fair and makes certain that the richest amount us pay their fair share and middle class families get a real and permanent tax cut. 

And even worse – now Republicans are trying to use the deficit that they created as an excuse to cut Medicare and Social Security. That’s a rotten deal, and I am going to do everything I can to stop them. 

You can watch me discuss Democrats’ Better Deal for the middle class here 

Buffett Rule 

Our tax code is skewed in favor of the wealthiest Americans, and the GOP tax bill only makes it worse. Right now, billionaires often pay a lower share of their income in taxes than do nurses and teachers. As legendary investor Warren Buffett has pointed out, he pays a smaller share of his vast income in taxes than does his secretary. Like most Americans, I think it should be the other way around, and I’ve introduced legislation in Congress, along with Senator Whitehouse, to implement the so-called Buffett to ensure that the richest Americans are paying their fair share by guaranteeing that the company CEO doesn't pay a lower tax rate than his secretary or company salesperson. 

Special Counsel 

As President Trump continues to threaten the Special Counsel’s investigation, there is a clear need to ensure he cannot bury any evidence that’s already been uncovered. That’s why I am joining with my colleagues in the House to introduce the Special Counsel Transparency Act , a bill to preserve Special Counsel Mueller’s work regardless of any action the President takes in the days ahead. 

The Special Counsel Transparency Act would:

• In the event the Special Counsel is removed, require the Special Counsel to provide a report to congressional leadership and the House and Senate Judiciary Committees detailing the status of the investigation and facts found as of the date of dismissal. 

• This report shall include any evidence of criminal activity that implicates the President, any person within the Executive Office of the President, or any political officer, including evidence protected by grand jury secrecy rules. 

• Prohibit the prosecution of the Special Counsel for any disclosures made to Congress pursuant to this bill. 

• Require the Department of Justice to provide a comparable report to Congress detailing the status of the investigation and facts found.

The Special Counsel Transparency Act has been endorsed by Open the Government, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the Sunlight Foundation, and Project on Government Oversight. 


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