Blue Dog Leadership Responds to Ryan-McConnell Tax Plan

Sep 27, 2017
Press Release

Today, the co-chairs of the fiscally-responsible Blue Dog Coalition—Reps. Jim Costa (D-CA), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)—released the following statement in response to the Ryan-McConnell tax framework:

“The Ryan-McConnell tax reform plan contains goals that are laudable on paper, but the devil is in the details when it comes to attaining those goals. Congressional Republicans now have a choice to make when it comes to tax reform. The first option is they continue down the same, failed path as they did with health care by producing a bill that caters to the extremes of their party and use the partisan reconciliation process. The second option is that Republicans can use this as an opportunity to turn to the governing wings of both parties, use regular order and have real, open debate on the issue. Our hope is that Republicans decide to go with the second option, because it is the only way Congress can achieve a bipartisan, long-term solution when it comes to tax reform. That’s how real reform was achieved over three decades ago, and that’s what the American people want to see in Congress today.

“This year, the national debt surpassed $20 trillion for the first time in U.S. history, and we cannot afford to add more debt to our nation’s credit card. The path to fiscally-responsible tax reform is not easy, but we must recognize that on the current path, our nation risks experiencing another economic crisis. If Congress does not find a way to pay for tax reform, it will increase the risk of another economic crisis—and our children and grandchildren can’t afford to bear the brunt of that burden.

“The Blue Dogs want a real seat at the negotiating table, so we can work with Republicans and Democrats to produce a tax reform bill that is fiscally responsible, provides relief to the middle class, and spurs economic growth. We must return to the ways that have worked throughout history—and that means we must return to the bipartisan process of regular order.”