The Hill article | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram The Senate Democrats’ town hall in Kentucky today was more than an exercise in town hall politics.
It was an opportunity to push the narrative that Republicans and their donors are to blame for the nation’s economic woes, and to give the public a chance to hear from senators who are taking action to make things right.
It started with a question from Sen. Joe Manchin Joe Robert ManchinFlake calls for Kavanaugh, accuser to testify before senators Kavanaugh blasts Dems for trying to ‘cherry pick’ victims GOP senators question Trump over Kavanaugh coverage More Dems line up to oppose Kavanaugh Senate GOP rejects Pence’s call for more Senate votes on tax credit bill MORE (D-W.
The Kentucky Republican, who was the Senate Finance Committee’s chairman before becoming the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, asked lawmakers why the GOP has failed to create jobs and increase wages, and why the country is in a fiscal crisis.
Democrats, who are looking to flip the Senate majority next year, were quick to seize on the town hall, using it as a way to paint Republicans as the party of tax credits and job creation.
Democrats are right that the GOP tax credits are hurting the middle class and the economy.
It’s a myth that the Republican tax credits will help middle class families, the Democratic senators said.
The questioner then went on to argue that Republicans want to keep the tax credit program intact, while the GOP wants to end it.
He also said the GOP is focused on cutting the corporate tax rate to 20 percent and the individual tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent.
Manchin countered by asking Democrats to stop framing the debate around tax credits, instead of the economy and jobs.
“I have two questions for you,” Manchin said.
“What do you think of our tax system?
It’s not broken.
We’ve got a very effective tax code that works for all Americans.
But the Republicans have a broken tax code, and they’re trying to fix it with a massive giveaway to the super rich.
We need to end the giveaway, and we need to make it work for all of us, and for the middle classes.”
He also argued that the Democrats are not interested in addressing the issue of inequality, pointing to the fact that they have not introduced legislation that would address the problem of income inequality.
Democrats were quick with their criticism.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Mary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkernHeitkamp to Sen. Rand Paul Rand (Rand) Howard PaulAthletes can’t play ‘God’ with Trump: ‘We’re not going to take it’ Biden to campaign for Trump in ‘likely’ Ohio GOP primary MORE (N.D.) ripped the Democrats for focusing on tax breaks instead of jobs.
She noted that Republicans have proposed several tax breaks that would provide tax relief to middle-class families.
But, She said, the Democrats have not focused on addressing the need for the tax credits.
“They don’t even talk about the real problems with inequality, the economic injustice of the Republican party,” she said.
Heitkenn added that she and other Democratic senators are working on legislation that will help the middle-income families, like the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the child tax credit and the EarnEDTax Credit.
Sen. Joe Donnelly Joseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyDem senator hits back at ‘liberal’ lawmakers over tax credit proposal Donnelly to take aim at ‘fake news’ coverage on tax billThe Hill’s Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Dems offer amendments to avert nuclear deal in face of GOP opposition MORE (I-Ind.) also took aim at Democrats for not addressing the nation is facing economic challenges.
“Republicans are focusing on jobs and taxes, and the Democrats aren’t focusing on the economic problems that are being faced by the American people,” he said.
“Instead, they’re focused on their agenda of tax cuts for the rich, while we face economic challenges across the country.”
Sen. Brian Schatz Brian EmanuelSchatz: The media should be focusing on Trump impeachment and tax cutsSchatz says Kavanaugh investigation should not be an ‘attack on the media’Schatz calls for investigation into Comey’s testimony, Kavanaugh allegations MORE (Hawaii) also took shots at Democrats’ efforts to blame President Trump Donald John TrumpKavanaugh polling: FBI on the hot seat Kanye West slams CNN’s coverage of Kavanaugh Trump ‘fear of God’ from Democrats could end with him in prison Trump: Kavanaugh ‘is not afraid of God,’ Trump says in new video MORE for the country’s economic problems, saying the Republicans “don’t want the truth.”
He added, “If you want the facts, you need to take responsibility for the fact the president is not doing the right thing, he’s not taking the tax breaks.”
The Democrats, however, said Republicans are “not doing the jobs” that need to be