“The Office” star originally tweeted on Saturday that the bill would eliminate a tax deduction for school teachers who bought their own 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,” the now-deleted tweet read.
An early version of the tax bill that passed in the House of Representatives in November would have eliminated the $250 deduction that reduces taxable income for teachers who purchase classroom supplies with their own money. But the Senate’s version of the bill attempted to double the deduction, and the legislation that passed on Dec. 19 allowed the $250 deduction to remain untouched.
Fischer posted a long statement of apology on Wednesday, explaining that she deleted her previous tweet because she believes “accuracy is important.”
“I feel genuinely bad about getting my facts wrong and I’m sorry,” she wrote. “I did not mean to spread misinformation. I was well-intentioned, but I was behind on my research.”
Fischer said she debated leaving the original tweet up, because it started an important dialogue about teachers who pay out of pocket for basic classroom materials. She does “love a good dialogue,” she wrote, but ultimately decided to correct her mistake.
“In fact, what I treasure most about our democracy is the dialogue we share with each other, through conversations, social media, and the press,” Fischer said. “But part of having a dialogue involves listening and learning and admitting when you’re wrong. Tweet deleted. I’m not ashamed to say I was wrong and I’m not ashamed to correct it.”