Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) today released the following statement on the passage of the Republican tax bill:
"Today, I vehemently and adamantly voted NO on the Republican tax scam that gives 83 percent of the tax cuts to the wealthiest 1 percent while raising taxes on 86 million middle income families. Make no mistake about it -- the numbers prove that this is a tax cut for the wealthy and not for the middle class. Anyone who tries to deceive the American people into thinking otherwise -- shame on you.
"To make matters worse this tax cut also adds $1.45 trillion to the national debt. Republicans will soon use the debt to justify their ultimate plan, which is to eliminate the social safety net by cutting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Today's vote proves that Republicans care more about the wealthy and big multinational corporations than they do for ordinary people.
"Merry Christmas to the wealthy who already have plenty, and to the hordes of special interest lobbyists and campaign donors who have gotten what they wanted. To the rest of America struggling to make ends meet: Bah Humbug!"