On H.R. 1, the Tax Reconciliation Act of 2017
Many have heard about the recent tax bill that passed in the Senate in early hours of this morning. There are reports that lobbyists got copies of the bill before the senators — who were actually voting on it, mind you– with not enough time to read the bill, additions in the margins were written in that are barely readable, even defining when human life begins was written into the bill. While it is not yet law, there is still work to consolidate the House bill that was passed in November, it is clear that the lack of transparency those who pushed this Senate bill forward is beyond reprehensible.
This is not the Pirate way. We do not stand for this kind of slapdash legislation, nor should we accept it. I find it to be a complete lacking of a moral compass, to push through a bill that will affect so many Americans in such a short time, without letting anyone enough time to read it or even present it properly, with so many obviously unrelated items added.
We stand for transparency, and we need legislation that follows that as well; legislation that addresses clearly states what it does, with enough time for those voting on it to properly review and debate the bill in question before forcing a vote on it. What happened in Washington last night was a complete disgrace, and we need to work for better legislation that works for the American people as a whole, not donors and corporations.
Chair, United States Pirate Party National Committee