The Office Actress Apologizes

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Published on Dec 29, 2017
Actress Jenna Fischer apologized for sending out an erroneous tweet about the recent Republican tax law. Cenk Uygur, the host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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"The Office" actor Jenna Fischer tweeted out an unusual, lengthy apology on Wednesday for inaccurately claiming that the recently passed GOP tax bill eliminated a deduction for teachers to pay for classroom supplies.

"I can't stop thinking about how school teachers can no longer deduct the cost of their classroom supplies on their taxes...something they shouldn't have to pay for with their own money in the first place. I mean, imagine if nurses had to go buy their own syringes. #ugh," Fischer tweeted on Saturday.

While the House version of the Republican bill eliminated a provision in the tax code that allowed teachers to deduct up to $250 in classroom spending, the final version of the legislation signed by President Donald Trump last week restored that deduction, following outcry from teachers and their supporters.

When Twitter users pointed out Fischer's mistake, the actress argued that the $250 deduction was still "woefully insufficient," and did not apologize for suggesting that the Republican legislation had eliminated the deduction.

Fischer responded to her critics on Twitter on Christmas day, writing, "Thanks for your tweets! I had some facts wrong. Teachers surveyed by Scholastic in 2016 personally spent an average of $530 on school supplies for students. Teachers who worked at high-poverty schools spent an average of $672. The tax deduction was capped at $250.”

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