Trump's abysmal new tax plan just passed through the House Ways and Means committee. Outgoing Congressman Dave Reichert sits on that committee. (It's where he voted for Trumpcare before he voted against it.) Today he posted this lil Tweet about how happy he was to vote for tax cuts that will make life more difficult for poor people and the dwindling middle class:
In 1986, I had a cool mustache & was chasing the Green River Killer. But the mustache had to go and so does our tax code. #tbt #TaxReform pic.twitter.com/T9uLnI1mlu
— Dave Reichert (@davereichert) November 9, 2017
1. It’s unclear from this Tweet whether Reichert’s favorite part of the new tax code is the elimination of deductions for students, teachers, the sick, or the elderly.
2. For the 5,000th time: Reichert may have been chasing the Green River Killer, but he did not catch the Green River Killer.
Every time Reichert takes a party line vote that hurts his constituents or introduces needless legislation or does anything at all, we’ll add it to the list.
• This month, Reichert didn't respond to an invitation from his constituents to hold a town hall, so Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal stepped in and did the job for him.
• In May he voted against the latest version of Trumpcare, but only after it became clear the Republicans in the U.S. House had the votes to pass it
• On March 9, he voted for the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
• A week later, after a Congressional Budget Office analysis found the plan could leave 24 million people across the country without insurance by 2026, he defended it.
• Before that, Reichert made misleading statements about threats posed by his own constituents.
• Recently, he voted for the SCRUB act, which creates a regulatory committee to identify and eliminate regulations that don’t directly increase the GDP. The committee’s goals align with White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon’s plan to “deconstruct the administrative state,” but the irony of commissioning a regulatory agency to cut back on regulations is lost on no one, especially not tax payers who are being charged $30 million for the favor.
• Reichert twice voted against forcing Trump to show Congress his tax returns (once in committee and once in a roll call vote), which may illuminate conflicts of interest and business ties with Russia.
• Reichert was the only Washington Republican who voted to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics.
• In 2014, he proposed a bill that would ban welfare recipients from using benefits to buy weed, despite the fact that such purchases were already illegal.
• In 2010, he voted to maintain “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”
• That same year, Reichert suffered significant brain trauma when a tree branch fell on his head. The resulting hand-sized blood clot that formed in his brain went untreated for two months.
• In their 2006