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Congress Plans Tax Breaks for the Rich, Spending Cuts for Working Families

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Congress has returned from summer recess and the outlook for CEOs, corporations and billionaires couldn’t be rosier.

Over the next several months, congressional leaders will try to pay for massive tax handouts to the wealthy and corporations by slashing vital programs and services that working Americans depend on and employ thousands of AFSCME members.

The House and the Senate are reading from the same playbook, one that will shape their budget and spending proposals and their eventual tax legislation, which seeks to give tax breaks for the wealthiest 1 percent and provide windfalls for multinational corporations and hedge funds.

That agenda mirrors President Donald Trump’s budget for fiscal year 2018, which calls for deep cuts that would hurt working families in every state, all in the name of financing tax cuts to a handful of the wealthiest individuals and corporations down the road. 

Among the long list of programs congressional leaders are looking to cut include: