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PA Leaders Introduce Measure To Help Workers Recoup Union Dues, Expenses

Washington, D.C. – As millions of working-Americans start to feel the impacts of the GOP’s tax scheme, including workers across Pennsylvania and the Nation whose deductions were ripped away, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and U.S. Representative Conor Lamb (D-PA-17) are reintroducing the Tax Fairness for Workers Act. This measure reinstates the deduction for unreimbursed employee expenses and would make the deduction for union dues above-the-line (available for everyone, even if they don’t itemize deductions).

“This Washington Republican assault on workers and our unions has to stop,” said Senator Casey. “The GOP tax scheme “suspended” the long-standing deduction for union dues and other unreimbursed employee expenses. This legislation not only reinstates those deductions, it makes sure all union members are eligible to take the deduction for dues, not just those who itemize. This would ensure that more working Pennsylvanians get some tax benefit in the coming years, not just the super-rich and large corporations.”

“We have an obligation to do everything in our power to ensure that our economy benefits everyone, and leaves no one behind,” said Rep. Lamb. “This means providing the tools and resources that enable workers, entrepreneurs and small businesses—not just big corporations – to provide for their families.  It is time for Congress to do our job and provide meaningful deductions to improve the lives of all working Pennsylvanians.”