Proposed tax bill opponents gather outside Tenney's office to encourage a 'no' vote

As the U.S. House of Representatives gets ready to vote on a tax bill, local community members held a small demonstration outside Congresswoman Claudia Tenney's office encouraging her to vote "no."

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017 1:14 PM

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on a tax bill that would change the federal tax code and result in a $1.5 trillion revenue cut, and it’s expected to pass. Republican leaders claim that the tax plan will generate enough economic growth to offset the revenue cut.

The House could be voting on the tax bill as soon as today.

Locally, opponents of the proposed tax plan held a small demonstration outside of Congresswoman Claudia Teneny’s office in New Hartford today, urging her to vote against the plan.

Opponents of the plan say that the biggest concern they have is the proposed increase to taxes for middle-class families, including the elimination of the State and Local Taxes (SALT) deduction, which would cost New Yorkers hundreds more in state and federal taxes.

A member of Central New York Citizens in Action says that House Republicans should consider having a tax code similar to the 1950’s.

“Because that's a tax plan that worked,” said Diane Berry of Citizens in Action. “That’s a real tax plan that real Republicans like Eisenhower put into place. That’s what we want to go back to. We don't want this; this is going to hurt every single person in this district. Even people that don’t think it’s going to hurt them – they’re not understanding it.”

Tenney has publically spoken against the elimination of the SALT deductions, but she has yet to say whether or not she will vote “yes” or “no” on the tax plan itself.

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