PHOENIX -- Senator Jeff Flake’s record on taxes has a long history of harming middle-class Arizona families. In fact, Flake’s efforts to force Arizonans to pay more out of their pocketbooks is one of the reasons why they are fed up with the toxic rhetoric they are witnessing in Washington.
Today’s Senate Republican luncheon, led by Mitch McConnell, is expected to be no different as Republicans push for a tax plan that includes a $1.5 trillion deficit and would raise taxes for many middle-class Arizonans.
“Jeff Flake’s support for the reported tax reform measures falls directly in line with his past record that has directly harmed middle-class Arizonans,” said Herschel Fink, executive director of the Arizona Democratic Party. “From opposing tax credits for families with children to supporting tax plans that would harm middle-class Arizonans, Jeff Flake is the reason why he’s a part of the problem we see in Washington.”
As McConnell and Flake take on tax reform, here are the facts on how Jeff Flake has voted against tax relief for middle class Arizona families, including households with children.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: How Jeff Flake Harmed Middle-Class Arizonans
FLAKE VOTED FOR TAX CUTS AT THE EXPENSE OF THE MIDDLE CLASS
Flake Voted For $350 Billion Tax Cut For The Rich While Giving 50 Million Households Nothing. In 2003, Rep. Flake voted for an irresponsible tax cut package that deepened the nation’s fiscal crisis and left middle-income households out in the cold. Some 53 percent of all U.S. households — or 74 million — will receive a tax cut of $100 or less in 2003 from the bill. Additionally, 36 percent of households — or 50 million — will receive no tax cut whatsoever in 2003, while tax filers who make $1 million or more per year will receive an average tax cut in 2003 of $93,500. The bill passed 231-200. [HR 2, Vote 225, 5/23/03; Center for Budget & Policy Priorities, 5/28/03]
FLAKE OPPOSED EXPANDING CHILD TAX CREDIT BILL
Flake Opposed Giving the Child Tax Credits to 6.5 Million Families. In 2003, Rep. Flake voted against a motion to expand the child tax credit to 6.5 million low-income families. Earlier in the year, Congress passed tax cut legislation expanding the existing $600-per-child tax credit to $1,000, but didn’t grant the credit to parents who made between $10,500 and $26,550 a year. The motion passed 205-201. [HR 1308, Vote 275, 6/12/03]
FLAKE VOTED AGAINST PAYROLL TAX CUT EXTENSION TO SAVE HIS CONSTITUENTS $1,000 OR MORE
Los Angeles Times: Flake Opposed Measure To Save His Constituents $1000 Or More In Social Security Taxes. Reported the Los Angeles Times, “Even as he prepares to run for the Senate in Arizona next year, Rep. Jeff Flake is taking an unusual position, especially for a Republican in an election year: He opposes an effort in Congress to save his constituents $1,000 or more in Social Security payroll taxes.” [Los Angeles Times, 12/8/11]
Flake Voted Against House GOP Payroll Tax Cut Extension Package. Reported Roll Call, “Ignoring a veto threat from the president and a promise that the Senate would shoot it down, the House passed a GOP plan to extend the payroll tax cut and other expiring provisions this evening. The measure passed 234-193, with 10 Democrats voting for it and 14 Republicans voting against. . . . Rep. Jeff Flake, who is running for the Senate, voted against the bill because he said it would add to the deficit. ‘The deficit, we just exploded it. [The bill] adds to it big time,’ the Arizona Republican said. ‘We talked and talked and talked about cutting spending, and when we feel it important to send a message on some rider or whatever else, in the end, we just pile on more debt.’” [Roll Call, 12/13/11]