No wonder people are frustrated

Republican Leadership Press Conference:

April 19, 2016

Participants:
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD)
U.S Representative Jason Smith (R-MO)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Remarks as Delivered:

“With yesterday being Tax Day, we were all reminded that this is a tax code that no one understands, being implemented by an agency that no one trusts.  And that’s why it is so important that we are moving forward on the legislation to make the IRS more transparent, more accountable.

“Anyone who did their taxes is reminded that this is a tax code that is way too costly —  it’s way too complicated, and it’s outdated.

“I hear the stories from people in Eastern Washington and even the CPAs that are trying to help others file their taxes … it’s not unusual to be on the phone for hours and hours and hours.  Now, the IRS recently did implement a  ‘courtesy disconnect’ so at least after two hours of being on hold, someone comes online and you are ‘courteously’ disconnected. No wonder the people are frustrated.

“Can you imagine what that means to  a single mom, graduate student, a family that’s trying to run a bakery or coffee shop?

“We need accountability and transparency. And that’s why I’m excited and I think it’s so important that we are moving forward on the legislation that we are this week — that will help give every American more peace of mind and confidence.

“I also want to compliment and express support of the legislation brought forward by Jason Smith and Kristi Noem. As representatives of the people, we must take action on behalf of the people in reforming our tax code. Making the IRS accountable is one of the best things that we could do  on behalf of the people and to get our economy back on track.

“It’s all part of building a confident America, putting forward ideas that, in this case, will reform our tax code, create jobs, and keep the American Dream alive for the next generation.”