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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

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Ruppersberger Bill Ensures Tax Reform Protects Middle Class, Stays Transparent

Oct 30, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today announced legislation designed to promote transparency and regrow the middle class as the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to consider massive tax reform measures in the coming weeks. The Trump Administration has proposed a reform package that is expected to reduce taxes for the country’s wealthiest citizens, according to nonpartisan budget experts.

Congressman Ruppersberger’s bill requires  all major tax reform measures to be accompanied by a nonpartisan analysis of its long-term impact on income inequality. H.R. 4085, the Tax Policy Transparency Act, requires the report to be conducted by the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) and will provide Members of Congress with the data they need to cast objective and informed votes. This legislation has the support of leading good government, nonpartisan organizations, including Third Way and Common Cause.

“There are very few Members of Congress who are experts in tax policy and many end up relying on the word of partisan think tanks – each with their own agenda, ” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “I’d prefer to get my data from nonpartisan, professional number crunchers who can give us the hard data we need to know how our vote is going to affect our constituents’ wallets.

This bill isn’t about where we raise taxes or cut them – it’s about having the best data we can get to make an informed decision. If my colleagues are true champions of America’s middle class, they will have no problem signing this common sense transparency bill allowing the nonpartisan JCT to analyze the tax reform proposal.”

 "As congressional Republicans try to push a secretive tax bill through the legislative process, special interests will likely have a feeding frenzy," said Aaron Scherb, director of legislative affairs with Common Cause, a nonpartisan government watchdog. "Americans deserve to know who is going to benefit and who is going to lose under this tax bill, and we commend Representative Ruppersberger for his common sense legislation that would provide much-needed transparency." 

The centrist think tank, Third Way, also supports the bill.

“There’s simply no good reason for tax reform to transfer wealth from the poor or middle class to the wealthy,” said Gabriel Horwitz, Vice President of the Third Way’s Economic Program . “Doing so would fundamentally undermine economic growth. That’s why it is critical that any major tax bill receive a full distributional analysis by a respected, nonpartisan scorekeeper. We applaud Congressman Ruppersberger for leading this effort.”