They’re struggling to explain their opposition

This morning, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) led the weekly House Republican Leadership press conference to discuss how pro-family, pro-growth tax reform is already benefiting workers and their families across the country. More than $1.5 billion in bonuses to more than two million people, and 9 in 10 Americans will see a pay raise next month — these aren’t “crumbs.”

She also invited Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN) to join and share about the exciting job creation and bonuses Minnesota is seeing, thanks to tax reform. For more on our plan, visit

In addition to tax reform, they discussed House Republicans’ continued focus on the American people’s priorities, including keeping the nation safe and free and protecting life.

Here’s what you may have missed:

Chair McMorris Rodgers’s Remarks:

“Because of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, we continue to hear more good news across the country. Americans are optimistic, they’re confident that they’re going to see better, higher-paying jobs. Families across the country are seeing their energy bills come down as the utility companies are cutting rates. And in February, an estimated 90 percent of Americans will see their take-home pay increase.

“As I travel around Eastern Washington and I hear about families, especially those that are living paycheck to paycheck, this is making a big difference. It’s also a big deal in Minnesota’s 2nd District, where Congressman Jason Lewis is from. He just toured a Home Depot and was talking to some of the employees at Home Depot about the impact tax reform has had on them, and they were excited about increased paychecks. They were excited about being able to pay and save for their mortgages, college tuition. It’s really making an impact for them and their pocketbooks.

“So, despite the out of touch rhetoric we’re hearing from the defenders of the status quo, this isn’t ‘Armageddon.’ It isn’t ‘crumbs.’ And it isn’t ‘pathetic.’ It’s real relief for hardworking men and women…

“The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act was really an opportunity for the Democrats to join us and deliver bigger paychecks to the American people. And while they struggle to explain why they didn’t support this long-overdue overhaul of a broken tax code, our focus continues to be on a better future for all Americans and families.

“This week, we’ll also consider the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This is about kids, babies who were born alive, and it’s historically received bipartisan support. I’m excited to welcome families that have traveled from Eastern Washington for the 45th annual March for Life.

“We’re also considering discussions on government funding, a 6-year reauthorization of CHIP, and ensuring that our men and women serving on the frontlines at this very moment have the resources they need as the terror threats continue.

“These are really our basic and most fundamental responsibilities that we have, serving in the House. I call upon the Democrats to stop the obstruction, stop the games, and join us in getting it done.”