Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) on Monday said she would back a complete repeal of President Donald Trumps 2017 tax reform law, saying we should “get rid of the whole thing.”

Harris, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, made the comment following an American Federation of Teachers (AFT) event in Detroit. The former California prosecutor has thus set herself apart from other 2020 presidential contenders who have suggested only a partial repeal of the Republican tax law.

Should a total repeal of the tax law come to pass, provisions like doubling the standard deduction and raising the child tax credit would be effectively scrapped.

“On Day One, we’re going to repeal that tax bill that benefited the top 1 percent and corporations,” said Harris.

Ian Sams, a 2020 campaign spokesman for Harris, said the senator would replace the GOP tax bill with the LIFT Act, which would mainly give tax cuts to the majority of middle class Americans.


Harris, who has been a staunch supporter of teachers and working class families across the country, revealed before even officially starting her 2020 presidential bid that she had a plan to grant working families up to $6,000 per year. Tax cuts would be one way to contribute to this plan, Harris said.

Other 2020 Democratic candidates, like Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) have suggested backing an expansion of the earned income tax credit.

The 2017 GOP-backed tax law was quickly condemned by many as primarily benefiting billionaires and major corporations.

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