Following is a statement by Alan Essig, executive director of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, regarding Alabama’s senate race.
“The people of Alabama voted against a candidate who would have come to Washington and rubber stamped a deeply unpopular agenda that seeks to cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy, not to mention roll back regulations that protect ordinary working people from special interests’ disregard for our economic and physical wellbeing.
“What voters—the people who put elected officials in office in the first place—want matters. Members of Congress should take pause before proceeding with their profoundly unpopular tax bill that the vast majority of voters have said lawmakers should not pass. This tax bill should not proceed until the new Alabama senator can cast a vote.”