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Congressman Adriano Espaillat

Representing the 13th District of New York

REP. ADRIANO ESPAILLAT SLAMS HOUSE PASSAGE OF THE GOP TAX BILL AS SHAMEFUL TO NEW YORK WORKING FAMILIES

November 16, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) blasted House Republicans following passage of their devastating tax bill, which eliminates key deductions for middle-class Americans.

“I am deeply troubled by today’s passage of the House Republicans’ devastating tax plan that will raise taxes on 36 million middle-class households and eliminate key deductions for working families around the nation,” said Rep. Espaillat. “When this plan explodes the deficit, Republicans will call for spending cuts to critical initiatives like SNAP, TANF, Pell Grants, and Medicaid that the poor and underserved communities depend on. Today’s vote is a slap in the face of middle-class families that rely on deductions like those for state and local taxes, student loan interest, and medical expenses. My fight continues as Speaker Paul Ryan and Republicans shamefully have prioritized the wealthiest Americans and big corporations that continue to ship jobs overseas on the backs of hardworking middle-class families. New York deserves better than this, and we deserve a real tax reform that will put the middle class first and give our communities and our families a chance to succeed.”

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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his first term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Freshman Representative to the Democratic Caucus. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.

Media inquiries: Candace Randle Person at Candace.Person@mail.house.gov