As Congressman Tim Walberg (R-Tipton) celebrated the passage of the Tax Cuts and Job Act, his presumptive Democratic challenger Gretchen Driskell, the former Mayor of Saline, levied criticism against the sweeping tax bill.
Walberg attended a bill passage ceremony at the White House Wednesday. According to a news release from Walberg’s office, a typical family of four earning the median family income of $73,000 will receive a $2,059 tax cut.
“In cities and towns throughout the 7th District, I've repeatedly heard the need for tax relief for hardworking families and small businesses who need a break. All along, I've fought for boosting their take-home pay and pocketbooks,” Walberg said in the press release. “Our bill delivers on the promise to provide real relief and a brighter future. It will help create more good-paying jobs, jumpstart our economy, and encourage more investment in our communities. Now that this historic bill is on President Trump’s desk, tax cuts and bigger paychecks are on the way.”
Driskell is a Democratic candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 7th District. She criticized the bill saying that it raises the deficit to benefit the wealthy. Her campaign issued a press release saying Walberg for a third time voted for a tax bill that will raise the annual deficit to almost $1.5 trillion to help American’s wealthiest people. She said it risks funding for Social Security and Medicare and other programs relied upon by veterans, children, seniors and small business owners.
“This bill will affect the lives of every American, and Congress has refused to listen. Tim Walberg’s plan cuts taxes for the wealthy and corporations, rewards companies that ship jobs overseas, raises taxes on the middle class and explodes the deficit. Our hardworking families deserve a path to get ahead, but this bill just creates more barriers,” Driskell said. “Tim Walberg continues to side with those in Washington who care more about millionaires and corporations than our hardworking families, and we cannot allow this any longer.”