The House on Tuesday approved a sweeping tax overhaul that will help millions of Americans and help those who have suffered under President Donald Trump’s policies.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, said the measure would help “middle class families, those who are struggling to make ends meet” and those who “cannot afford to keep their heads above water.”
He added: “The middle class has been hit hard, but the middle class of America has also been hit a lot harder by this president.”
Democrats were critical of the bill, saying it would leave millions of people at the bottom of the economic ladder and hurt working families.
But the measure was expected to attract bipartisan support and Democrats are hoping to push it through the House in the coming weeks.
Ryan has said the GOP tax bill will provide relief to middle class families and provide “an economic safety net for those in need.”
Republicans plan to begin the tax reform process on Thursday, the first day in the House’s 115-member chamber.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has repeatedly said she is not a fan of the GOP’s tax overhaul, but said Tuesday’s passage showed that Republicans can get the bill through the Senate and make it into law.
Pelosi said she’s encouraged by the bill’s passage, but warned against underestimating its impact.
“The tax reform that is in the final bill, we cannot afford to let this bill die in the Senate,” she said.
“We have to get it to the president and to the American people as quickly as possible.
I think it is very important for Americans to hear from the American public on this.
The American people want to see this bill.”
The White House said the House bill will help middle class and working families, but noted that it would also help some people in “the bottom two-fifths of the economy.”
The White House did not detail how it would help the bottom 2-fifth of the population.
The House tax bill passed by a vote of 217-213 and must now be reconciled with the Senate tax bill.
The legislation would raise the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 35 percent.
The corporate tax rates would rise for all businesses except those that make more than $10 million.
The bill would also repeal the estate tax, which is one of the most regressive in the country.
Democrats have said they will fight the tax bill’s repeal of the estate and other taxes that have hurt the middle and working classes.
The Senate is expected to take up the House tax plan later this week.
The Senate passed the House-passed tax bill in May.
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