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Illinois Senator Reacts to Senate GOP Tax Bill

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U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., acknowledges applause from the crowd of supporters at the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Associations annual state fair Governor’s Day brunch on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

The U.S. Senate is set to vote on a massive tax reform bill this week, being spearheaded by Republicans but with no support from a single Democrat in the Senate.

That includes Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois). On Thursday, she released the following statement in response to the Senate beginning debate on the legislation.

I’ve long said we need to pass tax reform, but we need to do it a way that’s focused on helping Illinois’s small businesses and middle-class families, not just Donald Trump’s ultra-wealthy friends and family. This ‘plan’ pays for permanent tax cuts for those who don’t need them by sticking working families and middle-class Americans with the bill. It would also double-tax millions of Illinoisans and leave small businesses at a competitive disadvantage to mega-corporations. That’s irresponsible; working families, not large corporations, deserve a break.

Duckworth cites the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which says the new tax bill would leave people making less than $75,000 a year paying higher taxes than they do now while saving billions of dollars for households making more than $1 million per year.

She says the legislation would also eliminate the state and local tax deduction that nearly two million Illinoisans rely on to avoid being taxed twice on their income.

A similar tax plan already passed the House, including support from local representative Adam Kinzinger (R-16th District).

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