Senator Grassley Responds Following Backlash on Estate Tax Comments

Sen. Chuck Grassley on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C

"My point regarding the estate tax, which has been taken out of context, is that the government shouldn't seize the fruits of someone's lifetime of labor after they die", Grassley said in a statement.

In an interview with the Des Moines Register about the estate tax, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) very succinctly described the kind of person you'd need to be to support the opaque, barely-finished, absolutely insane tax bill the Senate GOP shoved into passage in the dead of the night on Friday. One said, "Senator Chuck Grassley, I don't drink". In the Senate version, the estate tax would double the current exemption, allowing up to $11 million to be tax-free, but would not eliminate the tax, The Hill reported.

The number of Iowans paying the estate tax actually numbers in the dozens each year, out of roughly 1.4 million who file federal tax returns each year.

Grassley has previously spoken out against the estate tax, and has previously sponsored legislation to abolish the tax entirely. "It's harder than ever for families to pass down the family-run farm or business from one generation to the next". The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017 would finally end this purely punitive tax that has the potential to hit family farms, ranches, and businesses as the result of the owner's death.

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Grassley's new justification drew swift criticism on social media, with Democrats decrying the comments as unfairly criticizing how taxpayers spend their money. "If we gave that money in middle class tax cuts, they'd just waste it on hookers and blow, right?", Jesse Ferguson, a former spokesperson for Hillary Clinton, tweeted.

Twitter users have been responding to Grassley's remarks.

He now says his opposition to the estate tax is because it is a double tax on someone's earnings, not because the wealthy deserve rewards for their spending habits.