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32BJ SEIU Urges Miami-Area Reps. Curbelo, Diaz Balart and Ros-Lehtinen ‏to Oppose the House Tax Bill in a Historic Vote Today

Posted 11/16/17 | Filed in

House Bill Would Be a Disaster for Florida Working Families and Senior Citizens

Miami – 32BJ SEIU today called on local Reps. Curbelo, Diaz Balart and Ros-Lehtinen to vote “No” on the Republican tax plan that is expected to be voted on in the House of Representatives today.

“It’s time for Reps. Curbelo, Diaz Balart and Ros-Lehtinen to kill this horrendous bill that trades the healthcare, education and jobs of his middle class constituents for more tax breaks to the wealthy. The rushed timeline of this bill is short, but the memory of voters is long. They will not soon forget the members of Congress who voted for Medicare and Medicaid cuts that would devastate seniors, children, and working families,” said Helene O’Brien, Florida Director of 32BJ SEIU.

“I have sacrificed and worked very hard to build a decent, yet modest life for my family. I often work extra hours so that my wife can stay home and take care of our son, who is disabled.” said Antonio Vento, a janitor at University of Miami. “Trump’s tax plan will raise taxes for working people like me and will cut benefits that my son depends on. This isn’t a middle-class tax cut. This is an attack on hard-working people who are doing our best to build a good life for their families.”

The vote in Congress is expected to be very close, and Reps. Curbelo, Diaz Balart and Ros-Lehtinen have been identified as some of the swing votes who could decide the fate of the legislation. If the tax plan becomes law:

• 34% of the tax cut will go to the richest 1% in Florida by the tenth year.
• 27% of Florida households would see their taxes increase in 2027 by $2,040 on average.
• The overwhelming majority of Florida taxpayers will get a tax increase ranging from $690 to $1,520 on average
• In addition, the bill would devastate Medicare and Medicaid, heavily relied upon by the senior population in Florida. The budget would cut $1.3 trillion in Medicaid and $470 billion from Medicare over 10 years.

A full report on the impact for Florida can be found here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1STi54BxhV5Iqh78HRXoXdjSLtUogMCz0/view?usp=sharing

For More Information

Ana Tinsly, amtinsly@seiu32bj.org, 646-331-4765