WASHINGTON – Representative Tom Rice (R-S.C.) released the following statement this morning after the U.S. House of Representatives passed The Build Back Better Act:

“As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I’ve spent the last several months closely analyzing the tax provisions of the Build Back Better Act. As usual, this bill is the opposite of everything the Democrats claim: It’s not fully paid for, it does raise taxes, and it will exacerbate our inflation problems.

This package is a grab bag of economy-killing tax increases, massive expansion of the entitlement state, and even bigger government programs. I have news for everyone: If you rely on the government to take care of you, you will always live in poverty.  

This package will stifle the economic success our country experienced under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Republicans brought people from the bottom to the top by getting the government out of the way. It worked. Poverty hit a record low in the U.S. and in the 7th District. We gave folks of every income level welcomed tax relief and a simpler tax code. The Democrats’ Build Back Better Act dismantles this. 

This package will benefit wealthy Americans in blue cities while hard-working, middle-class taxpayers pick up the tab. This package does little to nothing for my poor, rural district in South Carolina.

The Democratic Party should be humiliated. The American people are a lot smarter than the Democrats give them credit for and I know they will see through this sham.”