FAU College Democrats host Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The politicians visited FAU to discuss the recent Republican tax changes.


Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (left) and U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi participate in a Town Hall hosted by College Democrats. | Violet Castano

Rachel Gavilan and Anthony Spataro

U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi stopped at the Boca campus Thursday as part of her “Trump Tax” tour.

The nationwide tour looks to convince people about the shortcomings Democrats see in the newly passed GOP tax bill.

Pelosi appeared in the Student Union Majestic Palm Room along with Central Florida Representative Darren Soto and Broward/Miami-Dade Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz.  

While the new administration promoted the tax plan as a catalyst of job growth, Pelosi called it an act of “theft” and said there will be long-term consequences for the middle class.  

“For Republicans, it’s about money,” Pelosi said.

Former special assistant to President Obama, Seth Hanlon, broke down the three main problems they see in the bill: major cuts to vital health programs like Medicare and Medicaid, an added $1.5 trillion to the existing deficit, and the disparity between permanent tax cuts for wealthy corporations and temporary cuts for the middle class.  

The leaders then discussed the ethics of the tax changes.

“It’s absolutely immoral and that’s the celebration they’re having: ‘I’ll throw you a few crumbs because I’m getting all this big bonanza at the top,’” Pelosi said.

Sister Simone Campbell, director of Network, a Catholic advocacy group for social justice, worried that the administration is working against the common good.  

“We need your imagination to make a difference,” Campbell said to the room of students.


Rachel Gavilan is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected].


Anthony Spataro is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected].