Paul Spencer Reacts to Senate Vote on GOP Tax Plan

Paul Spencer, Democratic candidate for Arkansas’s Second Congressional District, released the following statement after the GOP-controlled Senate approved the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Candidate Spencer provided the following statement:

Today, the Republican-controlled Senate showed the American people just how far they are willing to go to obey their wealthy donors. At the expense of the people they are elected to represent, these Republican Senators have paved the way for a cascade of tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest members of our society. With the passage of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” the Republicans have utterly disregarded working and middle-class Americans, and have made clear their commitment to rigging the economy in the favor of a privileged few.

We have been told time and time again that this bill provides tax relief to the middle class and working families, but that is simply not true. By the end of the decade, a majority of Americans will see a tax increase, while the billionaire class who own shares in corporations will see their cuts made permanent.

In addition to these fundamentally unjust “reforms,” Republicans in the Senate decided to sabotage our healthcare system as well by repealing the Individual Mandate for the Affordable Care Act. This decision will plunge our insurance markets into a death spiral and will lead to a steep rise in premiums for those Americans who need healthcare the most.

The only people who benefit from this bill are, not surprisingly, the same people who have purchased the services of the Senators who voted for it: the billionaire donor class. It is this select group that our Congress now works for, not the individuals who actually voted for them.

The American people cannot continue to accept representation in Congress that is completely deaf to their needs and concerns. Every member of Arkansas’s Congressional delegation, including Representative French Hill, voted for this bill. The people of the Second District, and in every other district across the country, must stand up and fight to elect representatives who will put the interests of the working people ahead of the desires of those with concentrated wealth. Only by electing this type of representative can we have a government that works for all Americans and not just the economic elites.