Why the GOP’s pandora-free agenda is a failure
The House has approved a bill that would eliminate the $3.9 billion in annual subsidies for the nation’s largest internet provider.
The bill passed by a 217-189 vote Thursday night, with no Democrats voting for it.
House Republicans plan to send the bill to President Donald Trump for his signature, according to The Associated Press.
The proposal is similar to the one that passed the Senate in January and which was blocked by the Obama administration, but it would remove the requirement that ISPs sell broadband to the federal government.
Critics of the bill argue that it’s designed to force providers to sell more to the government.
The legislation also would eliminate subsidies for low-income Americans, while also repealing tax breaks for high-income earners.
Republicans also want to expand the tax credits that low- and middle-income people get to offset the cost of the subsidies.
Democrats oppose the bill.
“This bill is bad for middle-class families, bad for working families and bad for our economy,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y. “It’s bad for the people who depend on this industry, and it’s bad on the American people.
These are all very simple reasons why I oppose this bill.”
House Republicans also introduced legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said the proposal was the most “robust” package of tax relief he had seen in a year.
He said the legislation would save the economy $300 billion and reduce the deficit by $1.5 trillion.
Republicans are hoping to win over moderate Democrats, who have opposed major tax relief for the wealthy, as well as conservatives and moderates who say the legislation does not go far enough to overhaul the nations health care system.
Democrats are already pushing back, saying they believe the GOP tax plan is the best path forward.
“I think we have an opportunity here to get something that is more than $400 billion and be more than a billion,” said Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland.
“This is a big deal for our country, a big issue for our middle class, and a big opportunity for Republicans.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D.-Calif., called the legislation a “giant step toward the repeal of the Obama health care law” and a “historic step to lift the American dream.”
Rep. Kevin Brady, R, Texas, said the bill “will lead to lower taxes for millions of Americans.”
Democrats are also pushing to roll back tax breaks the Republicans have championed for the rich, including a $400-per-child tax credit, as part of a larger tax plan that includes repealing the Affordable Health Care Act, a tax overhaul that would also add billions to the national debt.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D., also said the plan was the “largest tax cut in history” and said Democrats “will fight to make sure that millionaires pay their fair share.”
House Democratic Leader Nancy Moore, D.
Va., said Republicans’ proposal would create “a $1 trillion tax on millions of working families across America.”
“Republicans want to make the rich pay more while their constituents suffer,” she said.