On December 15, 2017, the U.S. House-U.S. Senate conference committee released its tax reform conference report that represents the final agreement between the tax bills passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. The conference report, which cannot be further amended, is expected to be voted on in Congress the week of December 18th.
Easterseals Statement on H.R. 1 Conference Report
Easterseals is disappointed that the conference report does not fully address our earlier concerns nor does it include assurances that access to Medicaid and other essential supports for people with disabilities will not be limited or cut due to the bill’s tax code changes or long-term costs. We are pleased the conference report maintains the tax credits that encourage the hiring of individuals with disabilities, improve business accessibility, and help families address high medical expense costs. However, Easterseals remains very concerned by the repeal of a key Affordable Care Act provision and the deduction changes that could reduce charitable giving that Easterseals uses to expand services for individuals with disabilities. Based on these harmful provisions and our earlier tax reform principles, Easterseals cannot support the conference report.