Area residents rallied outside of Representative Steve Chabot’s Cincinnati office Tuesday to voice their opposition to proposed budget cuts and the Republican tax reform plan. Demonstrators — who used rolls of pennies to highlight how the Republican tax plan primarily benefits the rich — urged Chabot and other Ohio lawmakers to give not one penny in tax handouts to wealthy at the expense of middle-class families.
Earlier this month, Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate passed budget resolutions that propose trillions of dollars in cuts — including to programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and public education — to help pave the way for massive tax breaks that mostly benefit the wealthiest one percent. All 12 Ohio Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives and Republican Senator Rob Portman voted in favor of their chamber’s respective budget plans.
Congressional Republicans are expected to soon take up their tax legislation, the framework of which includes massive tax handouts for millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations. Under the Republican tax plan framework, the top one percent of Ohioans will get nearly 58 percent of the state’s tax cuts.
“By cutting programs that serve ordinary Ohio workers and their families, Republicans in Congress are turning their backs on the middle class simply to pass a tax plan that will mainly benefit the wealthiest among us,” said For Ohio’s Future Action Fund State Director Antonia Webb. “The last thing Ohioans need is for the tax code to be rigged even more in favor of billionaires and wealthy corporations.”
Before the rally outside of Chabot’s office, constituents of Representative Steve Chabot participated in rolling office visits, where they called on Chabot to vote against the Republican tax reform plan.
“It’s absolutely outrageous that Republicans in Congress like Congressman Chabot are supporting massive cuts to programs that Ohio workers and families depend on. Ohioans are not fooled: We know that the Republican tax plan is a tax giveaway for the rich, paid for by the middle class,” said Steph Barnard, a Chabot constituent with the group Indivisible OH District 1.