The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee DCCC launched a Facebook ad campaign on Monday directed at Speaker Paul Ryan’s, R-Wis. now-deleted tweet bragging that the Republican tax cuts would net one secretary $1.50 extra per paycheck.
Ryan's tweet said the secretary was pleased with her raise, and said it would “more than cover her Costco membership for the year.”
However, the DCCC's campaign, which will run in 50 congressional districts, says that small pay increase is not enough compared to the bigger tax cuts wealthier Americans are seeing.
“Speaker Ryan laid out his priorities in the Republican Tax Scam, and he really couldn’t be more out-of-touch with middle and low income Americans,” DCCC spokesman Tyler Law said in the press release announcing the launch of the ad campaign.
“The Republican Tax Scam is a shameless handout to the rich and largest corporations at the expense of the middle-class families who deserve more money in their pockets and lower healthcare costs,” Law said.
The DCCC also launched a website named after the speaker’s comments that features video testimonials of people explaining why they “oppose Paul Ryan and Donald Trump’s atrocious tax scam.”
The Republican tax bill was signed into law by President Trump on Dec. 20, and since then, over 80 companies have announced wage increases, bonuses, or additional worker benefits, such as paid sick days or additional leave time for non-birth parents.
Democratic Reps. Nancy Pelosi, Calif. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Fl., and Chuck Schumer, N.Y. have repeatedly referred to workers’ bonuses as “crumbs.”