Republican Leadership Press Conference:
May 17, 2017
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX)
Cathy McMorris Rodgers Remarks as Delivered:
As the Speaker said, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enact meaningful tax reform. Think about what that means to every person in this country.
It’s an issue… we’ve been working on for months — we’ve been talking about it for years, and this is our opportunity to get it done. We have the administration, we have the House, we have the Senate, and we have a president that knows that this is a priority and wants to move it this year.
Americans need tax reform. Our system is way too complicated — something is wrong when hard work is punished in our country.
That is not the American way.
Tax Day was on April 15, and think about all the time that Americans spend filling out their taxes. That is precious time they could be spending with their families or working on growing their businesses. That’s what we want them to be focusing on.
American people have been calling for this reform, and this week, we will have a major hearing on tax reform. I look forward to getting it out of the House, and getting it enacted because this is the way that we grow our economy, create jobs, and spur innovation.
I also wanted to say thanks to the men and women who serve us in local law enforcement day in and day out, around this Capitol and all around this country.
As was mentioned, this is Police Week, and it’s important that we take some time to thank them and to reflect on those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
For me, representing Eastern Washington, it’s Deputy Sheriff Michael Estes who gave his life… we will not ever forget him and his service. Thank you.