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Senate Republicans’ Plan To “Raise People’s Taxes” Hands “Democrats An Economic Hammer”

 CNN: “Facts First… Scott’s plan does call for raising taxes”

McClatchy: “Rick Scott handed Democrats an economic hammer to swing at his party”

Forbes: “Will leave GOP Senate candidates with some explaining to do in the coming election”

Senate Republicans’ nightmare news-cycle slamming their plan to raise taxes on over half of all Americans has gone from bad to worse – with new reports detailing how Senate Republicans’ plan “could raise taxes by $100 billion,” how NRSC Chair Scott has “handed Democrats an economic hammer to swing at his party,” and how Scott’s personal ambitions have “stoked divisions within his party.”

See for yourself:

Forbes: Scott’s “Skin In The Game” Plan Could Raise Taxes By $100 Billion In 2022

  • The Tax Policy Center estimates that achieving Scott’s goal could increase federal income taxes by more than $100 billion in 2022 alone. More than 80 percent of the tax increase would be paid by households making about $54,000 or less, and 97 percent would be paid by those making less than about $100,000.
  • A Scott-like plan would raise taxes on middle-income households by an average of $450.
  • Scott is right about one thing. His plan is not for the faint of heart. And it likely will leave GOP Senate candidates with some explaining to do in the coming election.

CNN: Fact-checking Sen. Rick Scott’s claims his new plan does not raise people’s taxes

  • National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott unveiled a series of policies under his 11-point “Rescue America” plan, which includes… a call for all Americans to pay an income tax.
  • “Did you have that in your plan? Was that in invisible ink in the copy that I got?,” Hannity asked, to which Scott responded, “Of course not.”
  • Facts First: This is false. Scott’s plan does call for raising taxes, specifically that all Americans should pay “some” income tax, even the “over half” of Americans who don’t currently pay any.

McClatchy: Rick Scott’s income tax plan may ‘rescue’ Democratic campaigns, give GOP a problem[1] 

  • Tasked with helping Republicans capture the Senate majority in November, Sen. Rick Scott handed Democrats an economic hammer to swing at his party this week with a plan that called for a tax increase on millions of Americans.
  • A line in the economic section proposing a tax hike on low-income earners offered a new line of attack for Democrats.
  • Democratic challengers around the country quickly moved to tie Republican incumbents to the proposal from Scott, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the GOP’s main campaign arm for Senate races.
  • Multiple GOP Senate campaigns reached out to the NRSC with concerns about Scott’s tax proposal following the release, a Washington-based Republican strategist involved in Senate races told the Herald.
  • Republican strategists chafed at what they saw as Scott putting his personal ambition ahead of what’s best for the party.
  • One former NRSC official quipped that the committee should be renamed “The National Rick Scott Committee.”
  • The former NRSC official was especially frustrated, they said, that Scott released his plan just months before many of the party’s Senate primaries, potentially forcing many of the party’s candidates to adopt unpopular positions as they try to win over Republican voters.

CBS News: Democrats seize on GOP Senator Rick Scott’s plan to tax more Americans

  • Democrats are slamming Republican Senator Rick Scott in response to his newly unveiled GOP agenda heading into the midterms, warning if Republicans retake control of the Senate, it will lead to tax increases on millions of Americans.
  • One line in particular has come under fire. “All Americans should pay some income tax to have skin in the game, even if a small amount,” the plan states. “Currently over half of Americans pay no income tax.”
  • Democrats were quick to seize on the statement.
  • One day after the plan was unveiled, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced it would start running new radio ads highlighting the Scott tax plan. The five-figure ad buy would target voters on streaming radio including Pandora and iHeart radio stations and podcasts.
  • “We’re making sure voters know the facts about Senate Republicans’ agenda: a tax hike on millions of seniors and over half of all Americans,” said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Communications Director David Bergstein. The ad ends: “if Republicans win, we’ll pay the price.”

NBC News: ‘Shadow box’: Rick Scott’s agenda seen as challenge to McConnell by some in GOP

  • [Scott] gave Democrats something to attack. He stoked divisions within his party. And he has fueled suspicion among fellow Republicans that he is challenging the Senate’s GOP leader with more thought to his own 2024 ambitions than the goal of topping Democrats in this year’s midterms.
  • Under Scott’s plan, the tens of millions of people who are too poor to be required to pay federal income tax would be forced to do so, while all federal laws would expire within five years — including Medicare, Social Security and criminal statutes.
  • His tactic Tuesday also revealed seldom-seen behind-the-scenes tensions between his political operation and McConnell’s.
  • Scott’s former pollster and ally, Tony Fabrizio, unexpectedly entered the fray on Twitter by accusing Scott of undermining McConnell, and he questioned the wisdom of the plan that called for everyone to pay something in taxes — something that Democrats had quickly framed as a tax hike.

The Hill: Scott’s agenda spurs backlash from Democrats, GOP alike

  • Rick Scott’s (R-Fla.) surprising decision to release his own GOP agenda has opened a new front for criticism from Democrats and even drawn some fire from fellow Republicans going into the midterm campaign season.
  • The move sparked an immediate reaction from the White House and Senate Democrats, who took particular issue with the plan’s call for all Americans to pay income taxes.
  • “At best, it is wholly irresponsible and negligent. At worst, it is somebody trying to put their own political ambitions ahead of the party as a whole, especially when they are taxed with leading a committee,” one Republican strategist told The Hill.
  • On Tuesday, numerous state Democratic parties, including in Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire and Ohio, released statements tying GOP Senate candidates in those states to Scott’s agenda, particularly his call for all Americans to pay income taxes.
  • “It is Rick Scott, the chair of their reelection efforts, putting out this platform,” said one Democratic strategist. “Now all of these candidates are going to answer these questions, do they agree with their party’s platform?”
  • [A] Republican strategist told The Hill that it was a given that Democrats would use the agenda to go after down-ballot candidates. “Don’t put candidates, especially during primary season, in the difficult position of having to answer for your agenda, rather than their own,” the strategist exclaimed.

WATCH – MSNBC: Does NRSC Stand For National Rick Scott Committee?

“There’s quiet grumbling amongst some Republicans in Washington… does NRSC stand for ‘National Rick Scott Committee’?”

Read more from the DSCC on ‘what they’re saying’ about Senate Republicans’ plan to raise taxes on over half of all Americans here and here.

See the DSCC’s Fact Sheet on Senate Republicans’ tax-hike plan here.

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