Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, and senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Budget, released this statement on Republicans' plan to cut the social safety net due to the GOP's budget deficits:
"When the Republicans in Congress rammed through the GOP Tax Scam into law, the damage that passage would bring was known. For example, it was known then that passing this tax bill would result in a situation where the overwhelming percentage of benefits flowed to the richest 1%. Democrats exposed the scam and warned that it would divert resources from critical programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Democrats also warned that the GOP tax scam would explode the deficit and the national debt. Finally, those opposed to the tax scam indicated that the GOP would use the ballooning deficit and debt as pretext to tear apart the country's social safety net, starting with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
"True to form, Republicans in Congress passed their tax scam and the results have been catastrophic but predictable: the tax scam has resulted in massive, unpaid-for-handouts for the richest among us and for corporations that have no compunction about shipping jobs overseas, to the detriment of the American workers. In Trump's America, enabled by Republicans in Congress, children and working families subsidize tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.
"Americans all over the country are watching, and realize it is time for A Better deal, and it is time for leadership by Democrats. Democrats are For The People, and are concerned about increasing pay and creating opportunity by rebuilding America, lowering the cost of health care for all Americans, and cleaning up the culture of corruption that has plagued Trump's Washington."