Southwest And American Airlines Join Companies Spreading The Tax Cut Wealth

Robert Donachie | Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

Southwest and American Airlines announced Tuesday evening that they will be giving employees a $1,000 bonus as a result of the GOP tax bill.

American Airlines plans to cough up roughly $130 million in bonuses in the first quarter of 2018 to each team member at its mainline and many of its regional locations, Reuters reports. Southwest said, in addition to bonuses, it is increasing investments and has already donated $5 million to charity.

President Donald Trump signed the most significant rewrite of the tax code in over 30 years into law in December. The bill cuts the corporate tax rate to 21 percent, down from 35 percent.

American businesses responded almost immediately in what appeared to be a synchronized series of announcements about reinvesting in their employees and the nation.

AT&T announced shortly after the Senate passed tax reform that it would provide “$1,000 bonus to more than 200,000 AT&T U.S. employees” and “invest an additional $1 billion in the United States in 2018.”

Comcast shortly followed suit, pledging $1,000 bonuses to hundreds of thousands of employees and $50 billion reinvestment in the U.S.

Boeing promises to put $300 million into reinvestment and charitable giving.

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