Pelosi Promises Dems Will Take ‘Comprehensive’ Look at Tax Reform


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) on Wednesday said Democrats would seek to enact a "comprehensive" tax reform plan if they took Congress back from Republicans.

Pelosi said at a town hall that the tax code needs to be completely reformed after Republicans passed their legislation last year, in a clip posted at NTK Network. She was asked whether Democrats would seek to change specific elements of Republicans' tax law or start from scratch if they won back Congress, and she said they would take a comprehensive approach.

"It’s not about chipping at this piece or that piece, it’s about a comprehensive look at what our tax policy should be for the future," she said.

She has previously called Republicans’ tax legislation a "scam" and said its benefits to the middle class are "crumbs." On Wednesday she again criticized Republicans for putting it into law.

"One of our complaints about what they did with the tax bill is they did it in the dark of night with the speed of light," Pelosi said.

"They don’t even know what they did. They're already trying to correct it here there and everywhere," she added. "They know what their purpose was, and they knew the damage they would do, but they had some collateral damage even for their wealthy friends."

Pelosi also said she would sit down with Republicans, once Democrats control Congress, and craft bipartisan solutions to the tax code to help the economy and deficit.

"We’ll sit down at the table and say, ‘What would be a tax bill that creates growth, that creates good paying jobs as it reduces the deficit?’" Pelosi said. "We must do that in a bipartisan way."

Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.), who is the DNC vice chair, on Tuesday did not commit to repealing the GOP tax reform but did criticize the elements of the law.

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Paul Crookston is a media analyst with the Washington Free Beacon. He was previously a Collegiate Network fellow at National Review. A 2016 graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., he served as the managing editor of the Tartan campus newspaper. He is originally from Tampa, Fla., but he still roots for Dad’s Ohio teams. His Twitter handle is @P_Crookston. He can be reached at

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