GOP Senators claim reconciliation bill will ‘effectively discourage marriage’ by raising taxes on couples

Sen. Mitt Romney wants Democrats to remove “harmful” penalties for marriage from their so-called human infrastructure bill that he says would discourage people from tying the knot.

The Utah Republican along with 32 of his GOP Senate colleagues sent a letter Wednesday to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Senate Finance Committee chairman, outlining their arguments against the provisions. “Discouraging marriage is not in our country’s best interest and sends the wrong message to our families,” according to the letter. “We believe that marriage is a vital social good. It is misguided and unfair for the government to build bigger barriers for couples to marry.”

Earlier this year, Romney proposed sending monthly government checks to families for children as a way to encourage marriage and raise the birth rate in the United States, both of which he says are going in the wrong direction. Federal policy should be designed to foster strong marriages, which are the foundation of strong families and strong communities, the GOP senators wrote in the letter.

“Unfortunately, despite its original rollout as part of the ‘American Families Plan,’ the current draft of the reconciliation bill takes an existing marriage penalty in the Earned Income Tax Credit and makes it significantly worse. This is not the only marriage penalty created or worsened by the partisan bill,” according to the letter.




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