by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Republican leaders last week sent lawmakers home with orders to do all they can to promote the benefits of the new tax law, while Democratic leaders called for their rank-and-file to make trashing the tax cuts a major priority while back in their districts.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sent a memo to Democrats Wednesday urging them to hold events in their districts to criticize the tax cuts and to promote their theory that they will lead to slashed entitlement funding while providing little benefit to the average worker.
“We must continue to amplify the truth about the GOP Tax Scam and the threat to Medicare,” Pelosi said in the letter. “I hope that this District Work Period, you will hold events in your community to spotlight these powerful issues. Your office has been provided with event suggestions, talking points and other supporting materials for engaging your constituents.”
Republicans, meanwhile, are being urged by their own leadership to showcase the businesses and individuals who are benefiting from the new tax law, which slashed corporate and individual rates.
The tax reform law is considered the GOP’s biggest accomplishment, and the party hopes it will provide enough political momentum to help them hold onto the majority in November.