During his January 15 Town Hall held at the El Cerrito Community Center, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) specified that the new federal tax plan strongly supported by House and Senate Republicans is a scam to benefit corporations and the wealthy while sacrificing the well-being of middle-income and lower-income Americans.
Introduced by El Cerrito Mayor Gabe Quinto and County District I Supervisor John Gioia, the self-described second most liberal member of Congress focused on the tax reform law throughout his delivery to constituents.
“This is the worst piece of legislation I have ever seen,” DeSaulnier told the overflow audience. “Congress is the most dysfunctional institution I have ever been associated with, and will only change if the minority party gets back in control.”
To support his statements, the Congressman articulated how the new tax law has reduced the tax rate for corporate profits from 35 percent to 21 percent, while sacrificing labor considerations by prioritizing capital investments over work.
Congressman DeSaulnier maintains that the 70,000-page setup of the tax plan defies even the understanding of tax professionals.
The Town Hall delivery also highlighted campaign finance, elimination of the individual mandate that weakens Obamacare, and potential cuts in Social Security and Medicare.
Eliminating the Electoral College is one additional issue the Congressman favors, stating that current conditions mandate updates to the Constitution.
Congressman DeSaulnier recounted his work in the House, including co-sponsorship of a bill that requires Congressional approval for pushing the nuclear button and support for fixing the DACA program.
In respect to locally based issues, DeSaulnier called for increased safety protections for workers and held that devaluing work while extolling capital investment is a problem in corporate culture. The Congressman also referred to his work with Richmond Mayor Tom Butt to keep the Richmond Post Office open.
Despite current political challenges, Congressman DeSaulnier retains a glimmer of hope, stating, “We’ve been through challenges like this before”.
DeSaulnier’s district includes most of Contra Costa County.
More information on Congressman DeSaulnier’s Town Hall is available at EAST BAY TIMES: Congressman denounces new federal tax law at El Cerrito town hall, the source of this information.