Pelosi urges Dems to link GOP tax law to Medicare cuts

Pelosi urges Dems to link GOP tax law to Medicare cuts
© Greg Nash

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden on impeachment: 'I'm the only reason' it's happening Democrats to offer resolution demanding Trump reverse Syria decision Rand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter MORE (D-Calif.) is urging colleagues to talk to their constituents during the recess about how the GOP tax law could lead to Medicare cuts.

It's the latest effort by Pelosi and Democrats to demonize the tax-cut bill, which they argue will starve the government of funds and result in cuts to Medicare and other entitlements. 

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"We must continue to amplify the truth about the GOP Tax Scam and the threat to Medicare," Pelosi said in a letter to colleges Wednesday. "I hope that this District Work Period, you will hold events in your community to spotlight these powerful issues."

The tax law, which received no votes from Democrats and was signed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE in December, was estimated by the Joint Committee on Taxation to lower federal revenue by more than $1 trillion even after accounting for economic growth.

Republicans are not actively talking about taking any action on Medicare this year, though following last week's passage of an omnibus spending bill there was some renewed talk about the need to control long-term entitlement spending.

Pelosi noted that Trump's budget request includes proposals to change Medicare. Those proposals are aimed at preventing fraud, eliminating excessive spending and taking aim at high prescription drug prices.

Her comments highlight how Democrats want to use the idea of cuts to Medicare to bolster turnout of their voters and contrast their positions with the GOP. 

"While Republicans attack seniors’ health care, Democrats will offer A Better Deal — better jobs, better wages, better future, better Medicare, better health care for all Americans," Pelosi said.

Republicans say the tax bill is benefitting the economy by putting more money in paychecks and stimulating investment by U.S. companies. They see the growing economy as a strength for their party's stewardship in Washington.