House GOP Shares Tax Reform Stories from Home

As we bid adieu to the old, outdated, broken tax code, House Republicans share what tax reform means for families, workers, and small business owners in their home states.

This year, 90 percent of Americans are starting to see bigger paychecks, and more than four million are receiving more than $4 billion in bonuses and increased benefits.

NEXT YEAR, thanks to the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, we will see lower tax rates, nearly doubled standard deduction, a doubled Child Tax Credit to help families, a simpler process, and relief from Obamacare. More on that at  

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD):

“[South Dakotans] are starting to feel the difference already. Paychecks have been bigger. The average South Dakota family will see about another $2,400 in their paychecks this year. That’s life changing for many of them….[tax reform] will absolutely have long-term effects…companies are building buildings, they’re starting manufacturing plants in cities where they haven’t been for decades. That’s a long-term investment that they’re making based on these lower rates, and they’re also passing on higher wages to these families.”

Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI):

“I’m hearing throughout the district that [my constituents are feeling the benefits of tax reform]…they’re seeing more money in their paychecks. This is the last Tax Day they’ll have to file those massive tax forms. They’ll be able to file, most of them…on a 5×7 card, attach their W-2s and send it in. They’re pretty thankful for that. They’re seeing economic growth in their communities, as well. As a whole, most of them see a positive outcome.”

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN):

“From good, hardworking folks all over the Third District, actually all over the state of Tennessee, I’m hearing ‘thank you.’ The impact of actually having people receive more money in their paychecks has meant a lot to a lot of hardworking families in Tennessee.

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH):

“Today is the last day [Ohioans] will have to file under an old, antiquated tax system. The new tax reform, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act that we passed, is going to get our economy moving, it’s going to encourage more businesses to invest…we’ve already seen [millions] of people get bonuses and pay increases as a result.”

Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH):

“This is the end of the old, and bring in the new…as we go forward, we’re going to see more people have more dollars in their pocket. What we believe as Republicans is that you should be able to buy and do what you want with what’s in your wallet, and not the federal government.”

Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX):

“El Paso Electric notified their customers that there was going to be a rate reduction, so people in the El Paso Electric service district are going to pay less money to keep their lights on. And that has been a direct effect of tax reform. That’s going to be important for all those folks in far west Texas.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL):

“[Next year], instead of all of the compliance costs and need for accountants and receipts and extra paperwork, many Americans in the middle class will be able to double their standard deduction…I’m very excited about the simplicity. So many Americans will be able to file their taxes on a postcard, and that’s more money that we keep at the kitchen table every month for people to enjoy in their own lives.”

Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL):

“So far, [tax reform] is moving at a pace that even analysts couldn’t predict. Right now, four million employees in the country have received either increases in pay, benefits, or bonuses as a result of this. Alabama certainly hasn’t missed out on that. Recently, Great Southern Wood announced that they were going to increase benefits and more paid time off for their employees, as well.”

Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV):

“[Tax reform] is good news for workers in Nevada, in terms of their withholdings already less for next year. There are multiple employers nationwide that have large footprints in Nevada — Southwest Airlines, Walmart, among others — that are doing larger bonuses, increasing benefits…they’ve got more resources to increase those benefits for those folks.”

Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO):

“As I’ve traveled through my district, I had an opportunity just this last week to meet with a young lady with three children who works as a server. She said she’s pleased to see a little more in her paycheck — every little bit helps. I told her more good news was on the way for her. We’re going to be doubling the Child Tax exemption for each of those three children; we’re going to see that we’ve doubled her personal [standard deduction], that’s going to be able to result in more money in her pocket.”

Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY):

“This is the last day Americans will file under the old, broken, complex, and non-competitive tax code. And as a result of the historic Tax Cuts & Jobs Act that we passed last year, the average central Kentucky and eastern Kentucky family will pay about $2,052 less in taxes. And next year, as a result of the tax cut bill, the majority of Americans will be able to file their taxes on a simple postcard-style form.”

Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA):

“We’ve done about 24 townhalls over the last year…since that Tax Cuts & Jobs Act passed, [Louisianans] have been very thankful. I get congratulatory remarks everywhere we go, from Democrats and Republicans across the board, because people are seeing the effects, they’re seeing a bump in their paychecks — which is what we expected and promised — and the full realization for what that means for working families in Louisiana hasn’t yet been realized. It will be, for next year’s tax returns. Today being Tax Day, it’s a good time to remind everyone that even better results are on the way.”

Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI):

“Simplicity in the system, lower rates, more money in people’s pockets. That’s the American economy…this tax cut is bringing money into the pockets of small businesses so they can now expand and create those jobs.”

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO):

“[Missourians] are excited. When I go back home every weekend or we have a district work period, I spend a lot of time meeting with individuals. It’s everything from the mom and pops who are able to keep more of their money to do things like put a downpayment on a car, be able to pay for swimming lessons for their kids, to the small businesses who are able to hire more people, expand their businesses, buy more product to expand their lines — it’s a phenomenon that’s going on out there in the real world out there right now with regards to the effect [tax reform] has had on our economy. It’s very, very positive.”

Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA):

“People are fired up. Businesses are thriving, the economy is moving, the real estate market, construction market, manufacturing across the board — people are excited to have more money in their pocket and more opportunity to expand their businesses, and we’re seeing tremendous outcomes.”

Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI):

“I’ve heard positive things from people whose withholding went down on their own paychecks. A large employer in my district had their average employee paycheck go up $140 a month thanks to the tax cut.

Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA):

“We’ve got businesses that are coming back to Louisiana. The businesses that are there are paying bonuses, they’re contributing more to retirement accounts, and they’re raising wages. I’ve seen only positive things from this tax plan.”

Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX):

“[Tax Day] means that Texans have to pay their taxes, which they’re not happy about, but it also means it’s the last time [under the old code] and next year…they’ll get more money back. In my district, it’s about $2,700 for a married couple.”

Rep. Ron Estes (R-KS):

“We’re seeing a lot of job growth, and we’re seeing a lot of growth in the economy in general. One of the things that the Congressional Budget Office reported is they’re estimating our economic growth to be 3.3 percent for this year…we’re seeing a lot of companies that are doing things to help their employees. Just yesterday, Kroger…have announced that they’re increasing employee benefits just because of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act…even small companies like Wichita Railways have announced pay increases or bonuses for their employees. There’s a lot of positive things out of that.”