Truth Test: Fact-checking Joe Biden's "Get Out the Vote" rally - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Truth Test: Fact-checking Joe Biden's "Get Out the Vote" rally

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WSIL -- With less than a week to go before Election Day, several prominent Illinois Democrats campaigned with former Vice President Joe Biden at a "Get Out the Vote" rally for congressional candidate Brendan Kelly. 

Claim 1

Engaged in one of the most closely watched races in the nation, Kelly attacked the tax law Republicans passed last year. 

83 percent of the money from that corrupt tax deal that was passed in December went to the top 1 percent in the country.

That number comes from an analysis from the non-partisan Urban Institute and Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center, which shows that by 2027, the tax bill would deliver 82.8 percent of its benefits to the top 1 percent of earners. 

But in earlier years, the distribution is very different. The analysis estimates that this year the top 1 percent will receive just over 20 percent of the benefits, and about a quarter of the benefits in 2025. 

The jump in 2027 will come after a number of key tax provisions that benefit the middle class expire, though Republicans promise to extend the law. 

Because Kelly says 83 percent of the benefits went to the top 1 percent, which implies it already happened, and the lack of context, we rate this claim false

Claim 2

Once Biden took the stage, he said conditions in the country are unfavorable for workers. 

If you’re an hourly worker, you’re entitled to overtime when you work ... But there’s a thing called reclassification. If they classify you as management, you don’t get overtime.

That’s true. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, workers employed in an executive, administrative, or professional capacity are exempt from overtime requirements. 

Claim 3

Biden also attacked Republicans, saying they’re looking to raid entitlement programs people paid into as a way to lower the deficit. 

The chairman of the Budget Committee in the United States House of Representatives introduced a proposal to cut $560 billion in Medicare.

That’s mostly true. The budget proposal, sponsored by Arkansas Republican Steve Womack, would slash more than $500 billion in funding from Medicare over the decade, but Biden was a little bit off with his numbers. While he said it would cut $560 billion, the actual amount proposed was $537 billion. 

Claim 4

The former Vice President went on to say part of the reason Republicans are proposing cuts is to make up for an increased deficit from the tax law. 

The reason they’re justifying these massive cuts is because we have a debt created by the tax bill that created $1.9 trillion in additional debt.

That’s true. Biden cited a report about the country’s economic outlook, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that over the next decade, the tax law would increase the projected deficit by $1.9 trillion as economic growth doesn’t keep up with lost revenues. Biden cited that

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