Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) issued the following statement today on the House vote to go to conference with the Senate on the Republican tax bill:

“I firmly believe that we need to overhaul the U.S. tax code. Tax reform that makes the system fairer for middle-class families, helps small businesses, and encourages entrepreneurship and innovation is long overdue. Unfortunately, if you look at the House and Senate bills, they don’t achieve these goals.

“While there are differences between the two bills that Republicans are trying to work out, nonpartisan economists have already shown that when you add the different provisions up, the Ryan-McConnell plan raises taxes on millions of middle-class families. To make matters worse, the Senate version also undermines our healthcare system, driving up premiums for working families – all to give a kick-back to wealthy donors, Washington special interests, and corporations that ship jobs overseas.

“I want middle-class families and small businesses to get a tax cut, so I will keep fighting for real tax reform.”

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