Moolenaar Votes to Protect Taxpayers and the Growing Economy

January 3, 2019
Press Release

Today, Democrats in the House of the Representatives voted to make it easier for themselves to raise taxes on hardworking Michigan residents.

With one of their first votes in the new Congress, House Democrats eliminated a House rule that required a 60-percent vote of the House to raise taxes on Americans with middle-class and lower incomes. The rule had been in place for the past 24 years, protecting taxpayers since 1995.

By eliminating the rule, House Democrats, who only have 54 percent of the seats in the House, are giving themselves a new power, allowing themselves to raise taxes on Americans with a party-line vote. 

Congressman John Moolenaar voted to protect taxpayers and he opposed the elimination of the rule. He made the following statement on today's vote:

"The economy is strong, with unemployment under four-percent and wages on the rise. We shouldn't jeopardize that success like the Democrats did today when they voted to make it easier for themselves to take more money from the American people. Democrats were sent here to work in a bipartisan manner, but they are already tearing up rules so they don't have to work with Republicans. I will fight against efforts to raise taxes on hardworking Michigan residents, because it's always a good thing when Michiganders can keep more of their own money."

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