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Trump “$1.5 Trillion” Infrastructure Plan Is a Mirage

February 12, 2018

Administration officials claim that the President’s new infrastructure plan will support $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment, but his 2019 budget reveals that that number’s a mirage: the President would cut annual federal support for infrastructure in the long run and shift costs to states,...

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Republican Leaders’ Broken Promises on Taxes, the Budget, and Health

December 20, 2017

Now that the House and Senate have both passed the Republican tax bill on party-line votes, we’ve updated our list of promises that Republican leaders broke by passing the bill.  Here are seven promises that President Trump and other Republican leaders made about taxes and health coverage that the bill breaks.

Broken Promise #1: “[N]obody in the middle class is going to get a...

Under Final GOP Tax Bill, Millions of Households Making Less Than $200,000 Would be Taxed More or Left Out

Tax Bill Ends Child Tax Credit for About 1 Million Children

December 18, 2017

The Republican tax bill would deny the Child Tax Credit (CTC) to roughly 1 million low-income children in working families who lack a Social Security Number (SSN) – even though their parents face payroll and other taxes on their income. That means the bill, which would give just a...

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Republican Leaders’ Broken Promises on Taxes, the Budget, and Health

December 8, 2017

The House- and Senate-passed tax bills, from which a House-Senate conference committee will fashion a final bill, violate a number of promises from President Trump and other Republican leaders about taxes and health coverage. Here are seven of their broken promises.

Broken Promise #1: “[N]obody in the middle class is going to get a tax increase.” ...

Under Senate Tax Bill, Millions of Households Making Less Than $200,000 Would Be Taxed More or Left Out

Last-Minute Changes Worsened Already Bad Senate Tax Bill

December 5, 2017

Rushing to pass a tax bill last week, Senate Republicans worsened its harmful provisions and highlighted the worst elements of their process for enacting it.

As the Senate began considering the Finance Committee-approved bill on Wednesday, Congress was already moving on a fast track on...

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Tax Bill’s Child Tax Credit Change Would Hurt 3 Million Children

November 7, 2017

An especially egregious, and little noticed, provision of the tax bill before the House Ways and Means Committee would harm 3 million low-income children in working families by denying them the Child Tax Credit (CTC) if their parents file their taxes with an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) rather than a Social Security Number (SSN).

The provision is tucked into a tax bill...

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No State Wins Under Cassidy-Graham, Despite Its Funding Redistribution

September 22, 2017

The Cassidy-Graham bill to repeal the Affordable Care (ACA) would eliminate the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and marketplace subsidies, replacing them with a temporary block grant to states. The block grant would not only cut total federal funding for coverage but also...

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Rush to Pass Senate Health Bill Would Be Designed to Hide Its Impact

July 24, 2017

The effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has followed a recurring pattern:  congressional Republican leaders introduce a bill that Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis subsequently shows to be extremely damaging. GOP leaders then make some changes to the bill that they claim have fixed the problems, but further CBO analysis reveals that isn’t the case.  We’re likely to see more...

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Repeal-Without-Replace Even More Harmful Than Failed Senate Bill

July 18, 2017

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pursuing legislation that would cost even more people their health coverage, raise premiums in the individual market even higher, and inflict even more damage to insurance markets than the ACA repeal bill that just died in the Senate because it lacked the votes to pass.

In Focus: ACA Repeal-Without-Replace Would Lead to 32 Million Losing Coverage and Individual Market Collapse

Senate’s Rush to Vote Designed to Hide Health Bill’s Damaging Impacts

July 14, 2017

An earlier draft of the Senate’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would cause 22 million people to lose coverage, raise costs for millions more, and remove key protections for people with pre-existing conditions, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated last month. The newer draft of the bill released yesterday does nothing — as we’ve...

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