The calendar year has not yet changed, which means newly elected members of the House and Senate have yet to officially take their seats in the Nation’s Capitol. However, House democrats are already busy making changes in preparation for the new year.
And one of their top priorities is raising taxes. Newly elected democrats are taking aim at the tax Cut and Jobs Act. And they’ve taken a big first step in their goal to raise taxes, especially on the wealthy.
The Washington Post reported that the incoming chairman of the House Rules Committee, Rep. Jim McGovern (D., Mass.), confirmed last week that he would not honor the three-fifths super majority requirement to raise income taxes.
That decision will overturn the previous rule put in place by the outgoing Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R., Wis.). That rule made it impossible to raise income tax without a three-fifths majority approval.
The change could make it easier for House democrats to pass new proposals ultimately designed to raise taxes on the wealthy. The decision comes after pressure from newer, more progressive democrats, who want to create more revenue to fund things like universal health care and free college tuition.
Republicans were quick to attack the announcement, saying democrats could use the change to raise taxes on the middle class.