Delaney: GOP Tax Struggles Show Hyper-Partisan Plan Won’t Work, Time for a Bipartisan Approach

Nov 1, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – House Republicans announced Tuesday that they would delay the release of their tax bill.

“Here’s what we know: the hyper-partisan approach isn’t going to work. It’s not working now. Despite controlling the House, Senate and the White House, Republicans are still scrambling to cobble together something that can pass with only Republican support,” said Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6). “They’ve had eleven months to put something together and there’s still a delay. The truth is, there really is a better way to do this, which is by working in a bipartisan fashion. My friends on the other side of the aisle should do what President Reagan did and work with Democrats on tax reform. The GOP is making a huge mistake in leaving infrastructure out of their plan, because that’s something that we all agree on and it’s a way to start having a real bipartisan negotiation. If they do jam through tax reform without any new funding for infrastructure, then they might as well put up a flashing billboard on the mall that says ‘There Won’t Be Any Infrastructure Bill’ because there won’t be any money left to pay for one. Let’s pair infrastructure with tax reform and deliver a fiscally-responsible tax package that is focused on economic growth and job creation.”

Since 2013, Congressman Delaney has been the leading advocate for using revenues from international tax reform to rebuild America’s infrastructure. In March, Fortune named Congressman Delaney one of the World’s Greatest Leaders for working across the aisle on infrastructure legislation. During the last two Congresses, over 40 Democrats and 40 Republicans have cosponsored Delaney legislation to fund and finance new infrastructure investment using revenues from international tax reform.