Ways and Means Committee Republicans’ Use of Joint Tax Committee Data is Deeply Deceptive
Publication Date: November 2007
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Economic projections; Federal budget
In a November 8 press release, Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Jim McCrery claimed that new estimates from the nonpartisan, highly respected Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) show that Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel’s recently-introduced tax reform bill would raise taxes on 113 million households. The claim is false; the JCT found nothing of the sort. Unfortunately, some media outlets have taken the press release at face value and reported the deception as fact.