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Strong Bipartisan Support for Repeal of the Cadillac Tax Encouraging for Working Class Americans

Washington, D.C. (January 10, 2017) – Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – made the following statement today on the reintroduction of bills to repeal the Cadillac Tax:

Senators Dean Heller (R-NV), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Congressmen Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) are to be commended for their re-introduction of bills in the Senate (S. 58) and House (HR 173) to fully repeal the Cadillac Tax from the Affordable Care Act. Without a full repeal, millions of working-class Americans, including the hard-working men and women of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA), would face a 40 percent benefits tax on their health care. The threat of this benefits tax is already causing employers to scale back benefits and shift  costs to employees.

 

The repeal bill’s re-introduction in the first days of the new Congress is both encouraging and a testament to the courage of these Senators and Members of Congress in both chambers. LIUNA urges leaders to bring the legislation to the floor and act quickly on this long overdue measure.

 

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The half-million members of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America – are on the forefront of the construction industry, a powerhouse of workers who are proud to build America.