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Ways and Means Committee Republicans’ Use of Joint Tax Committee Data is Deeply Deceptive

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Publication Date: November 2007

Publisher(s): Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Robert Greenstein; Aviva Aron-Dine

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Banking and finance (Taxation and tax policy)

Keywords: Economic projections; Federal budget

Type: Report


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.