Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) called on Democrats in Congress to work with Republicans to address some of the limitations in recently enacted federal tax reforms that resulted from their unwillingness to participate in the legislative process.
The tax reforms that Congress passed and the President signed were a step in the right direction, but there’s still room for improvement,” said Pennacchio. “If not for limitations that were the result of Democrats sitting on the sidelines, there wouldn’t have been a need for the individual tax cuts to sunset. If Democrats are willing to step up, we can make the tax cuts permanent and look at restoring the full SALT deduction that New Jersey homeowners depend upon.”
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was approved through the congressional reconciliation process, which allowed passage with simple majority votes in both the United States House and Senate.
Budgetary rules related to the reconciliation process also limit the scope of measures that may be approved. As a result, the individual tax cuts are set to expire after 2025 to remain in compliance.
“With no Democratic involvement in the process, Republicans were forced to accept limitations like the sunset provision of the individual tax cuts to allow the reforms to pass through the reconciliation process and avoid a filibuster,” said Pennacchio. “Even though that bill is now law, tax reform shouldn’t be viewed as a one-time event. I’m glad to see that there’s a new effort on the Republican side to make the tax cuts permanent, along with outreach to Democrats to enlist their support.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has introduced legislation to make the tax cuts permanent.
“Not a single Democrat supported the tax reforms to the detriment of middle-class families,” added Pennacchio. “The good news is that Democrats have the opportunity to do the right thing. They should get off the bench and help make federal tax reforms permanent.”
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