Heitkamp's Tax Bill Criticisms Focus on Fiscal Impact

She said most people do not want to pass on debt to their kids.

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Kimberly Railey
March 2, 2018, 9:33 a.m.

When it comes to to the GOP tax bill, which Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) opposed, Heitkamp “sounds more like a deficits-hating Republican — circa 2011 — than she does her coastal colleagues.”

Heitkamp: "Most people in North Dakota — they don't want to pass debt on to their kids. And this is $1.5 trillion worth of debt."

“The first-term senator's line of attack on the new tax cuts could well be pivotal in her fight to hold her seat and maintain the Democrats' toehold in deeply Republican North Dakota.” With Rep. Kevin Cramer (R) declaring a bid, “the race has emerged as an early indicator of whether Democrats can persuade conservative and moderate voters that the tax deal is bad policy, even if they begin to see their own paychecks grow.”

“While Cramer has broadly accused Democrats as blindly criticizing the measure as ‘a tax break for the wealthy,’ Heitkamp, a former state tax commissioner, spends less time than her party colleagues stoking populist anger and more time on the long-term fiscal impact.” (AP)


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