Representatives Jesús "Chuy" García (IL-04) and Lloyd Doggett (TX-35), a senior member on the Ways & Means Committee, led a group of over 50 House Democrats in a letter urging President Trump to swiftly reopen the government and address the potential crisis it causes for American families who need to receive their tax refunds on time. Despite tax filing season fast approaching, the IRS has been operating with barely 12% of its workforce. Each day of the shutdown increases the likeliness of delayed tax returns or even erroneous tax filings, especially with the IRS facing new operating hurdles due to passage of the Republican tax bill last Congress, including an increase in the number of anticipated inquiries from tax filers about the new law.
"The recent assurances from the acting White House Chief of Staff and head of the OMB, Mick Mulvaney, offer little comfort to the millions of families who depend on their refunds. Forcing more IRS workers to work without pay is not a solution. The President must open the government as soon as possible," said Rep. García. "The working class and low-income families I represent often live paycheck-to-paycheck and need every dollar and penny they earn to make ends meet, feed their families, fill their gas tank and pay their rent or mortgage.
"Breaking his promise that his wasteful wall would be paid for in pesos, President Trump is now asking taxpayers to pay twice. Working families should not have to question whether the tax refund they depend on will be delayed because of another Trump tantrum. It's time for Trump to stop treating public servants as hostages," said Rep. Lloyd Doggett.