Texas Senator Ted Cruz started 2018 by fulfilling a promise
he touted frequently during the closing weeks of 2017. Cruz introduced a bill on Monday that would make permanent the temporary individual tax cuts passed in the sweeping tax reform package passed in December.
“These historic tax cuts are already benefiting our schoolteachers, firefighters, and truck drivers – people from all walks of life – by cutting rates for individual taxpayers in all brackets,” Cruz said in an official press release from his Senate office. The release goes on to point out that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders stated recently on CNN’s State of the Union that “we should’ve made the tax breaks for the middle class permanent.”
“Well,” Cruz continued, “I invite Senator Sanders and all of my Democratic colleagues to join me today and make tax rate cuts for hardworking middle class families permanent.”
“I’m very encouraged. I think we saw major accomplishments
in 2017. I’ve said before, the four big priorities are tax reform, regulatory reform, Obamacare, and judges. And if you look at that, we delivered in a big, big way on all four of those.”
Cruz referred to the tax reform as a “major victory”, and said the Trump administration “has delivered in a very real way” on regulatory reform. He also pointed out that a significant conservative shift is taking way in the nation’s judicial system with “tremendous victories” including the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court, and that on Obamacare Congress had “started to get the job done by repealing the individual mandate”.