By
Joseph Pennisi
|
December 20, 2017

Statement on U.S. House and Senate Passage of Tax Bill

This post was last updated on September 10, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.
On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have approved a $1.5 trillion tax bill that would provide massive benefits to wealthy residents and corporations. Although leaders are touting the proposal as a win for working families, a new analysis from the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy found that by 2027, three out of 10 middle-income Floridians would see a tax hike under the legislation.

In order to pay for the subsequent deficit increase if this bill is enacted, the Administration and congressional leadership are expected to gut Medicaid, Medicare and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The budget resolution that Congress approved in October 2017, which laid the groundwork for the tax bill, called for $5.8 trillion in budget cuts over the next decade.

It’s time to focus now on preserving vital programs and services that low- and moderate-income families depend on to pay rent, put food on the table and stay healthy.

Federal leaders should be investing in public services, not decimating safety nets to finance tax cuts for the wealthy and large corporations.

I strongly urge each member of the Florida congressional delegation to oppose cuts to health care, entitlement programs, food assistance and other poverty reduction programs.

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