Must-Watch: Rep. Lewis talks “crumbs” at House GOP Leadership Stakeout

Today, Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN) joined House Republican Leadership to highlight the ways pro-family, pro-growth tax reform is already benefiting millions of Americans, including in his home state of Minnesota. He echoed Chair McMorris Rodgers in pushing back on the idea that a $1,000 bonus and a pay raise for 90 percent of Americans are “crumbs” or “pathetic.”

Key Quote: “A $1,000 bonus is not a crumb. In MN-02, the average family will get a tax relief cut of $3,800. What is that? Three-and-a-half crumbs? I don’t think so. That’s a vacation. That’s retirement. That’s college education. What the Minority Leader said was just plain offensive.”

He also reiterated House Republicans’ commitment to keeping the federal government open, passing CHIP, and repealing the medical device tax:

“We’re going to send it over to the Senate and the Senate is going to have to decide — the Senate Democrats — if they want to shut the government down. I don’t think they will, and they certainly shouldn’t.”

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Rep. Lewis’s Remarks:

“It is wonderful to be here to talk about the single most important thing happening right now in America. But enough about the Minnesota Vikings and the playoff game on Sunday. Let’s talk a little bit about tax reform.

“We have history on our side with tax reform. When you look at the ‘20s, the ‘60s, and the ‘80s, every time we get this rising tide when labor and capital come together and increase productivity in the private sector.

“Yesterday, I was at the Home Depot in MN-02. I was talking to the manager, and he was talking about how wonderful [tax reform] is going to be for Home Depot. But you know who was really excited? The associates of Home Depot. They engage in profit-sharing — they’re stockholders. Their 401Ks are going up.

“In the tax bill, we also even the balance between equity financing and debt financing. They’re going to get more share of ownership in this opportunity society. That’s what we’ve done with this tax bill and that’s why the folks at Home Depot were excited.

“That’s why DTN, another company in MN-02, has just — they publish something called the Progressive Farmer. I’m trying to get them to change it to Conservative Farmer, but that’s a long haul. But nevertheless, the Progressive Farmer publisher just gave a $1,000 bonus to 700 employees right there in MN-02.

We’ve seen $1 billion in bonuses to a million people. All of which were told before we passed the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act couldn’t happen — it wasn’t good. We went back to the Jimmy Carter malaise days. We reached the pinnacle of growth. And now we’re not growing at 1.5 percent. We’re not growing at 1.6 percent. We’re growing at 3.3 percent and we’re going to 4 percent. That’s what this is about — getting median wages to where they should be.

“A $1,000 bonus is not a crumb. In MN-02, the average family will get a tax relief cut of $3,800. What is that? Three-and-a-half crumbs? I don’t think so. That’s a vacation. That’s retirement. That’s college education. What the Minority Leader said was just plain offensive.

“This is working. Later this week, we’re going to continue the job. We’re not going to shut the government down. We’re going to keep it open. We’re going to reauthorize CHIP. And we’re going to repeal a medical device tax that is hurting Minnesota big time.

“Then we’re going to send it over to the Senate and the Senate is going to have to decide — the Senate Democrats — if they want to shut the government down. I don’t think they will, and they certainly shouldn’t.

“I want to thank this team behind me for remaining firm on this. To come in here as a freshman on the Budget Committee and help get this resolution out and help pass the greatest tax reform in three decades, that’s a good first term and I’m proud to be here and proud to do it.”