Kamala Harris calls for scrapping Trump tax law: 'Get rid of the whole thing'

Kamala Harris calls for scrapping Trump tax law: 'Get rid of the whole thing'
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWhat to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much Biden compares Trump to George Wallace CNN Democratic debate drawing finishes third in cable news ratings race MORE (D-Calif.), a 2020 Democratic presidential contender, called for the total repeal of the 2017 tax reform law Monday, saying the U.S. should “get rid of the whole thing,” according to Bloomberg.

Harris made the remarks after an American Federation of Teachers (AFT) event in Detroit, setting her apart from several competitors for the Democratic presidential nomination who have called for only a partial repeal of the GOP-backed law. A total repeal would eliminate some of the law’s more popular provisions, such as doubling the standard deduction and increasing the child tax credit, according to the report.

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During her speech to the AFT, Harris imagined a critic of her education plan demanding answers on how she would pay for it.

“On Day One, we’re going to repeal that tax bill that benefited the top 1 percent and corporations,” she said.

Ian Sams, Harris’s campaign spokesman, told Bloomberg that the California Democrat would look to replace the 2017 law with the LIFT Act, legislation she has proposed that would involve nearly $3 trillion in refundable tax cuts primarily affecting the middle class.

Before launching her White House run, Harris announced a plan to give working families up to $6,000 annually, echoing a similar proposal by Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment On The Money: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency | Tech giants on defensive at antitrust hearing | Democrats ask Labor Department to investigate Amazon warehouses Hillicon Valley: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency plan | Trump vows to 'take a look' at Google's ties to China | Google denies working with China's military | Tech execs on defensive at antitrust hearing | Bill would bar business with Huawei MORE (D-Ohio) and Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaHouse to test Trump's veto pen on Saudi arms sales Sanders campaign vents frustration with media, polls Democrats ask Labor Department to investigate Amazon warehouses MORE (D-Calif.), which would be paid for by repealing the tax cuts.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE (D-N.Y.) has called for making the law’s middle-class tax cuts permanent but repealing its corporate tax cuts, putting the savings toward expanding the earned income tax credit and the child and dependent care tax credit. Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE (D-N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage Protect American patients and innovation from a harmful MedTech Tax increase MORE (D-Minn.), meanwhile, have proposed rolling back the cuts in support of an expansion of the earned income tax credit.