OnNov. 2, 2017, Rep. Nadler issued this statement about tax reforms proposed by Congressional Republicans:
Republican Tax “Scam” Hits Middle Income New Yorkers While Funneling Billions to the Wealthiest Americans and Corporations
Issues: Jobs, Labor and the Economy
“Today, the Republicans announced a tax plan that would funnel billions of dollars in tax benefits to the wealthiest Americans and the largest corporations at the expense of working families. Their plan would hit my constituents in Manhattan and Brooklyn especially hard. It eliminates the deduction for state and local income and sales taxes, caps the existing deductions for state and local property taxes and for the mortgage interest deduction at amounts too limited for middle income New Yorkers, and ends the student loan and medical expense deductions. And, although it increases the standard deduction, it eliminates personal exemptions, increasing taxes for many low-income people (especially those with large families). At the same time, it would slash the corporate tax rate to 20 percent, eliminate the estate tax, and still blow a $1.5 trillion hole in the deficit.
“Republicans claim that some magical economic growth will follow these massive tax cuts for billionaires, and make up for this lost revenue. But that’s a lie. We have played this game twice before. The same promises were made for the Reagan and Bush tax cuts, but the results were massive deficits. This is the old “Starve the Beast” strategy. First, give huge tax cuts to the rich, and then use the resulting deficits to justify massive cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, education, and other social services.
“I will support a tax reform plan that makes billionaires and corporations pay their fair share, eliminates loopholes that encourage companies to move jobs overseas, and invests in working families. The Republican tax scam is not that plan, and I will not support it.”
On May 16, Rep. Nadler appeared on CNN and talked about Trump's having fired James Comey at a time when the FBI, which Comey headed, was conducting the only viable and staffed investigation into the Trump administration's ties with Russia. Nadler said, in part:
One week ago, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in a terrifying signal of this Administration’s continued abuse of power, systematically attacking all of the institutions—the media, the Judiciary, and now law enforcement—that are meant to put a check on the power of the presidency. Firing Mr. Comey, who was leading the FBI investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, raises grave concerns that the President may have committed an obstruction of justice. This is not an issue that the President will be able to sweep aside, hoping another controversy or a new appointment can distract. The American people will not tolerate an Administration that shows such disregard for the rule of law, and Congress must not tolerate it either. The President and his White House have lost the benefit of the doubt, and we must investigate this matter immediately to protect the integrity of our institutions and save our democracy from the constitutional crisis we now find ourselves.
On May 11, all 17 Democratic members of the House Committee on the Judiciary sent a letter to Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), urging the Chairman to conduct immediate hearings into the firing of James Comey. Rep. Nadler was among the signers.
In their letter, the members noted the “decision to abruptly fire Mr. Comey not only undermines the Department of Justice’s investigation into Russia’s efforts to influence the recent U.S. elections in possible coordination with the Trump campaign, but also threatens to erode confidence in the Department as a bedrock of independence and integrity within our system of government.” They asked that the hearings include former FBI Director Comey, Attorney General Sessions, and Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and that they be held no later than May 25, 2017.
On May 9, Nadler responded with this statement to Trump's firing FBI Director James Comey:
“The firing of FBI Director Comey by President Trump is a terrifying signal of this Administration’s continued abuse of power on so many levels. The FBI Director was fired for one reason and one reason only – he appears to have been conducting a serious investigation into the Trump campaign’s connection with the Russians. Period. It is clear that the reasons given today for the firing of Director Comey are pretext, they are excuses, they are not true, they are lies. All other justifications offered by this Administration are a smokescreen.
“Attorney General Sessions lied about his connections to Russia and was forced to recuse himself from the investigation. Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn lied to the Vice President about his connections to Russian agents and was fired. Representative Nunes, Chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee, concealed evidence from his colleagues after improper communications with the White House. Jared Kushner failed to disclose his meetings with Russian officials on his security clearance forms. Former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort resigned his position amid allegations of connections to Russian officials. Former Trump foreign affairs advisor Carter Page had unexplained contacts with the Russian government. And when former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates tried to warn the Administration about these conflicts, she was fired. The Trump Administration fired U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara, who had jurisdiction to investigate these troubling connections. Now, the President fires Director Comey who has been heading an investigation into these matters for months. And to add terrible insult to injury, the ‘justification’ for the firing was handled by the ostensibly recused Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“The message to all federal investigators is crystal clear: if you ask too many questions, if you seek to put these pieces together, if you seek justice, if you seek the truth, you, too, may be fired. And anyone who this President now appoints will have zero credibility to carry out an honest investigation. As such, we are now careening towards a constitutional crisis in our country with the Administration systematically attacking all of the institutions that are meant to put a check on the power of the President.
"A fair, thorough, and comprehensive investigation is necessary to protect democratic government in the United States. The President's firing of Director Comey ranks with Nixon's firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox in October 1973. As such, the only path forward is the appointment of a special prosecutor and an independent 911-style investigative panel.”
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY, 10th Congressional District) is the Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. He is also the highest-ranking Northeastern member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and serves as an Assistant Democratic Whip. He was first elected to Congress in 1992.
His district includes Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Morningside Heights, Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho, Wall Street, and Battery Park City, as well as the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Borough Park, Kensington, and parts of Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, Red Hook, Sunset Park and Midwood.
Assemblymember Deborah Glick represents the 66th Assembly District in Lower Manhattan.
New York State Senator Daniel Squadron (D), represents the 26th State Senate District.
His district includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, the Columbia Waterfront, DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, Fulton Ferry, Greenpoint, the Navy Yard, Vinegar Hill, and Williamsburg, and the Manhattan neighborhoods of Battery Park City, Chinatown, the East and South Villages, the Financial District, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, SoHo, and Tribeca.
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On May 4, 2017, New York State's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released this statement on the House passage of the American Health Care Act:
“The healthcare bill passed today by House Republicans is a threat to the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. In addition to the devastating impact this bill would have on every New Yorker’s access to affordable healthcare, the legislation that passed the House today is unconstitutional in several critical respects—and I stand ready to challenge it in court.
First, House Republicans’ attempt to effectively deny women access to reproductive healthcare services is a cruel and unconstitutional attack on women’s rights - especially the most vulnerable.
Further, the Collins-Faso Amendment is a cynical ploy by House Republican leadership and President Trump that exceeds Congress’s authority by interfering with how New York has long elected to fund its Medicaid program.
This bill threatens to slash essential healthcare services for millions of New Yorkers who need them the most.
For these reasons, if this disastrous and unconstitutional healthcare bill is ultimately signed into law, I will challenge it in court.”
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), has been vehement in his criticism of the Trump administration. On April 28, with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and the National Parks Conservation Association he spoke out against President Donald Trump’s Presidential Executive Order on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act, which could include a review of the Stonewall National Monument located on Christopher Street in the West Village – the first-ever national monument recognizing the historic struggle for LGBT equality and civil rights.
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