Murphy Votes Against GOP Tax Bill
U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., issued the following statement explaining her vote against H.R. 1, the Republican bill changing the tax code for individuals and businesses:
“From day one, my priorities for tax reform have been to simplify the federal tax code and to empower middle-class families and small businesses to the greatest extent possible, and to accomplish these goals in a bipartisan and fiscally-responsible way. The final tax bill fails to achieve these objectives.
“Earlier this year, I introduced a balanced budget amendment to address the excessive federal debt, which is a threat to our economic stability, our national security, and the Social Security and Medicare benefits that our seniors have earned through a lifetime of hard work. The Republican tax bill, even under optimistic economic growth estimates, will still add over a trillion dollars to our debt.
“I cannot in good conscience support legislation that compromises the long-term prosperity of our economy and safety of our nation, especially when millions of middle-class families and small businesses in Florida will see their tax bill increase or will receive no meaningful tax relief under this bill.”
U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Small Business Committee. The district includes all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, and the University of Central Florida. Previously, Murphy was a businesswoman and college instructor who also served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Murphy lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children.