Group launches mobile DC billboard urging Pelosi to support tax reform

Group launches mobile DC billboard urging Pelosi to support tax reform
© Camille Fine

A top Republican-aligned non-profit is seeking to preempt House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) live town hall Wednesday evening with a mobile billboard calling on her to support the GOP's tax reform efforts.

The American Action Network (AAN) plans to send a mobile billboard to drive around the Capitol Hill-area on Wednesday, adorned with a picture of the California Democrat and a call to arms on tax reform, according to plans first shared with The Hill.

"Over 50 percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck," the billboard reads.

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"Tell Nancy Pelosi: Deliver tax cuts for working families and job creators."

The GOP-aligned group is urging Pelosi to back the plan being ironed out by the White House and congressional Republicans.

“It’s unfortunate that Nancy Pelosi and Washington Democrats have resorted to fake math in hopes of derailing tax cuts for middle-class families. Over 50 percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. It’s now time for Congress to give families and job creators tax relief,” AAN executive director Corry Bliss said in a statement on the advertising push.

“The tax reform plan released by the White House and congressional leaders could give middle-class families a tax cut of $1,200 to help them save for the future. It’s past time for Nancy Pelosi to work on behalf of America’s middle class and stop playing politics on tax reform.”

Republicans have been touting their plan since releasing its framework last week. The plan calls for three tax brackets on individuals — 12 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent – with the potential of a higher rate for top earners.

It also includes other measures such as lowering the corporate rate from 35 percent to 20 percent and gets rid of certain tax breaks while nearly doubling the standard deduction.

But while the lower rates are prompting optimism within the GOP, Democrats are more skeptical. They've pointed to non-partisan analysis from the Tax Policy Center that shows that the bottom 95 percent of earners would average an increase in after-tax income of about 1.2 percent, while the top 1 percent of earners would walk away with about an 8.5 percent increase in after-tax income.

Republicans have dismissed that report because it does not use "dynamic scoring," which looks at broader economic benefits that could result from tax cuts.

Pelosi is set to appear at a CNN town hall in Washington, D.C., airing in prime-time on Wednesday.