House Republicans Talk Tax Reform on TV

Last week was a really big deal. After years of hearings and discussion and listening to the American people, we rolled out our plan for pro-growth tax reform: the Unified Framework to Fix the Broken Tax Code.

It was a big step, but it’s a step that’s taking us even closer to delivering on more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks for men and women across the United States.

Since we rolled out the Unified Framework, House Republicans have been rallying behind our plan on the airways.

House Budget Committee Chair Diane Black (R-TN) on Bloomberg:

“The budget is the golden key to unlock tax reform. We’re going to get reconciliation…and I’m excited that we’re finally moving forward. I’m ready for tax reform! …the main point is that we get true tax reform, where we give the American people relief, especially those that are in the lower and the middle income level. That is the most important thing that we will do here.”

Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) on Fox Business:

“We had a retreat…where everyone got to speak about their concerns…the Chairman and the Speaker took copious notes, and listened to what people want to see in the tax plan…this is a process. It’s been 30 years since the tax code has been reformed. It’s arduous, it’s too difficult for people, it’s unfair. Now we’re going to have a tax code that’s going to double people’s standard deduction. There are a lot of people, their first $24,000 as a married couple aren’t going to pay any taxes. So when…somebody said most Americans don’t want a tax cut, I don’t know where that came from — that person hasn’t been talking to people in my district, that’s for sure!”

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) on Fox Business:

“I think the plan is smart. Democrats have been pretty crafty in saying this is a tax raise for low-income and a tax break for the wealthy, because it looks like you’re taking the 10% rate and bringing it to 12%, and taking the 39% rate and bringing it down to 35%. Really, if you’re at 10%, it goes to 0%. If you’re at 15%, it goes to 10%…this is going to be a tax break for all Americans. We’re going to simplify the code…it’s going to be good for middle-class Americans.”

Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) on Fox News:

“Even President Obama talked about how uncompetitive our corporate tax code is in the world marketplace. We can do so much better than what our current code is, both on the corporate side as well as the individual and small business tax code, as well…we could do so much better than the status quo. That’s why I’m glad to see a good launch [of the Unified Framework]…moving forward, we still have some finer details to be worked out , but I’m encouraged and I see us heading in the right direction.”

Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI) on NBC 25/FOX 66:

“[Tax reform] means is jobs, economic growth, higher paychecks, and more simplicity when it comes to filling out our taxes. And this is going to have a benefit for families who will be able to have additional deductions and a lower rate. It will also mean that more dollars are invested in the United States. Right now, our tax code penalizes businesses from taking dollars that are offshore and reinvesting them in our country. So, it’s going to benefit our country with jobs, it will help us to be more competitive…I think it’s a win-win for the American people and hopefully it will be a bipartisan effort to get this done.”

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) on Fox Business:

“[President Trump] gave an amazing case, I thought. I think he’s the most pro-taxpayer president we’ve had in my lifetime, and no one has the business acumen as president like this man does. …I would make the prediction that in two years, if this new plan goes into place, that we will see greater government revenue and we will see an incredible expansion of this economy which will absolutely benefit everyone in this country.”

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) on MSNBC:

“I’m focused on what [our plan] would do for the middle class. In your last segment…she went through a number of provisions in the tax reform package that would positively impact the middle class….it broadly supports tax relief for the middle class and that’s what my constituents are looking for and why I’m proud this tax reform measure.”

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) on MSNBC:

“[The tax money we send to D.C.] could be better invested in my own backyard, into my companies, with my employees, with my neighbors who is going to help drive the local economy. It’s about keeping the money at home…we can stimulate the economy by investing back into our own neighborhoods…I’m a business owner that employees a few hundred people, but my wife and I — we didn’t start that way. We started with absolutely nothing. That tax break means we’re able to build those companies faster, we’re able to invest, we’re able to hire the right people, pay the wages to them, and be able to hire the best people to grow that company. That’s called investing in your local economy, and that’s what we’re all about here.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on One America News Network

“Members of the Republican Conference know that it’s make or break for us…not only as a governing majority, but as a country. We’ve got the highest corporate tax rate in the [industrialized] world, wages have been stagnant, growth has been stagnant….I think that there’s a real desire to see what the overall impact would be on regular folks throughout this country. If you look at the opportunities for rising wages…a simpler tax code that gets rid of loopholes, we will see the type of growth that will ultimately help everyone.”