WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) doesn’t buy the argument the newly approved Tax Reform measure moved without anyone knowing what was in it.
Speaking on MetroNews “Talkline” Monday, Capito fired back at fellow Senator Joe Manchin who on Friday criticized the process.
“Yes I know what’s in it. It’s been out in the public space. It’s been in front of the finance committee, the budget committee, the energy committee,” she said. “I think that’s a bit of a disingenuous argument. How can you argue that you don’t know what’s in it…and then argue against everything that’s in it.”
Capito believes the substance of the Republican tax reform package has something to benefit all taxpayers and all West Virginians.
“Eighty three percent of West Virginians file without itemization,” she said. “That’s going to be a doubling of your standard deduction and doubling of your child tax credit. That goes right to the heart of the middle class West Virginia workers.”
Capito said the cuts to business taxes would spur growth and it would extend to all working Americans.
“What will growth do? It will increase wages, increase jobs, and spur competition,” she said. “I think that is important to every working person in our state and our country. ”
Capito admitted she was disappointed there were no Democrat votes and had hoped for at least some bi-partisanship. Still, she believes the Senate version is strong and remained confident the measure approved by the Conference committee will be a bill to benefit all taxpayers in all tax brackets–regardless of how many there wind up being in the end.
“I’ve been all-in from the beginning because I know growth is the best thing for a stagnant economy and for West Virginia–we’ve really been stagnated and this is really going to be a boost for us.”