Media Roundup: What a week!

What a week!

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced he’s going to “reverse the mistake” of Obama-era net neutrality regulations.

President Trump unveiled his proposal for pro-growth tax reform.

Rep. Ron Estes (R-KS) was sworn in. Welcome!

And the Cleveland Browns had three first round picks and didn’t select a quarterback. Seriously, guys?

Anyway, here are this week’s highlights:

ON THE FCC…

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI):

“The internet is evidence of the unparalleled heights that a true free market can reach. But those heights have been threatened by federal regulations that set a dangerous precedent by focusing on controlling the internet rather than protecting consumers. Chairman Pai’s announcement that the FCC will roll back these regulations is welcome news. Congress is committed to working with the Trump administration to enact policies that protect consumers and ensure Americans have access to a free and open internet.”

House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA):

“I applaud the FCC’s decision to roll back the antiquated regulations that threaten job creation and competition. I support an open Internet, but there is a better way to ensure consumer protections without disrupting the freeflow of information and innovation that has made it a cornerstone of the 21st Century economy. It’s time for Congress and the Internet community to work together to achieve a solution that benefits everyone.”

ON TAX REFORM…

House Republican Conference Vice Chair Doug Collins (R-GA)

“This President is engaged …[tax reform] is something he’s talked about a great deal. …he understands completely that when we take a whole, complete…revolutionary look at our tax system, then we’re going to see the economic growth come that we have been searching for for so long.”

Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL):

“I’m really pleased that President Trump released a proposal for tax reform. I support any opportunity to put money back into the hands of hardworking Americans, and Congress is more than willing to work with the President in his efforts to reform the tax code. Our country needs a fairer, flatter, simpler code to be competitive in the global market and create jobs. Tax reform would grow our economy – period.”

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX):

“America has waited along time for the President, the Senate, and the House all willing to lead on tax reform. Clearly the President is going bold. …this won’t happen overnight, but today signals we’re rolling up our sleeves, we’re going to do the hard work, all to deliver this year on tax reform.”


Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL):

“Florida families and small businesses have suffered long enough under the current tax code,” Dr. Dunn said. “The current code takes too much of what hardworking families earn and hurts job creation. It’s a compliance nightmare, full of complex rules and loopholes. President Trump’s pro-growth tax reform plan aims to bring much needed relief to individuals and businesses, simplify our complex tax code, and get our economy going again. I appreciate President Trump setting out a bold vision for tax reform.”


House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX):

“The tax reform outline that was released today by the White House is another encouraging step toward fixing our broken tax code. The proposal would simplify both individual and business taxes with the goal of encouraging economic growth.”


Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA):

Republicans are working to reform our tax code to help families & job-creators, grow our economy, & create opportunity for all Americans.


Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA):

“Families shouldn’t be forced to hire a professional to help them wade through our messy, complex tax code.  …I am glad President Trump is committed to working with Congress to achieve this for the American people and to put our country on a pro-growth track that allows us to compete internationally and create more jobs here at home. We have been hard at work in the Ways and Means Committee to create a tax code that better serves the American people, and I look forward to continuing that work with the Administration and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle.”


Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN):

“Today, President Trump and his Administration took steps to reform our nation’s out-of-control, archaic and burdensome tax system. Not only does President Trump’s proposal aim to simplify the tax code by cutting the overall number of tax brackets in half, but it also reduces the burden placed on our nation’s job creators. …Families and businesses alike have been struggling due to our 70,000+ page tax code, but under the Administration’s and House GOP’s proposals, businesses will be able to focus less on compliance and more on growing and expanding, while families will see more of their hard-earned income returned to them each year.

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