#ThrowbackThursday: Chair McMorris Rodgers’s Faces of Tax Reform Tour

When it comes to pro-family, pro-growth tax reform, our goals were straightforward: We wanted more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks. And after years of listening to the American people, we delivered on the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act last fall. For more on our work, visit FairandSimple.gop.

Tax reform was inspired by and written for families, workers, and small business owners from all walks of life. They are the faces of tax reform, and House Republican Conference Chair McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) wants to continue to hear their stories. Since last fall, Chair McMorris Rodgers has been hosting Faces of Tax Reform roundtables and special events across the country, as well as business tours in her district. In honor of National Small Business Week and #ThrowbackThursday, here’s a quick recap:

Voices from North Carolina: What I’ll do when tax reform happens

“I believe that we all serve for a reason, and I believe that my reason is to help ensure that everyone reaches their full potential. And I want people to have improved lives, improved opportunities in this country.”

“We want to make America the best place to start, expand, and keep those jobs right here at home, because you know what? A job is so much more than a paycheck, the job is the opportunity. A job is what gives us purpose and dignity and self esteem. And maybe it’s at that job that you have that idea for new products, new services, and maybe you expand your business or maybe even you go start your own business. That’s the ultimate American Dream, and our plan will create millions of new jobs.”

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Virginia, we want you to start dreaming again

“There’s a lot of excitement. There’s a lot of enthusiasm as you think about more jobs and getting our economy growing. This plan is pro-family and pro-economic growth. That’s what we want — that’s what we want for everyone…we see [the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act] as being a big game changer.”

“You are all the faces of tax reform. And we want you to be unleashed. We want you to start dreaming again of what is possible. So if you want more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks, I am thrilled that you’re here and I hope that you will join us in this cause.”

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Voices from Michigan: What tax reform could mean

“Our tax code should be focused on the American people. That should be our only special interest–the American taxpayer. …The tax code has become so complicated that more and more people don’t like they can fill out their own taxes, that you have to hire someone or you have to get a computer program. …The goal is simplification, but it’s also getting more economic growth so we address stagnant wages and stagnant jobs.”

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Voices from Pennsylvania: We’ve been waiting a long time for tax relief

“We want more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks. And as Lloyd said, we’ve been waiting a long time for tax relief. The last time that there was major tax reform in America, Ronald Reagan was president. It was over 30 years ago. Think about what you were doing 30 years ago. I had recently graduated from high school, I was working my way through college.”

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Heritage Event: Empowering women through conservative policy

“We did a tour around the tax reform bill before it was passed. We went around to different states. We ended up going to Virginia, Michigan,North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Small business owners and farmers would talk about wanting to pay their employees more, wanting to give higher benefits to their employees, but as a small business owner they just felt that because of the tax burden and because of the health care costs it was not possible.

“You could hear in their voices that they were very frustrated because they wanted to do more for their employees. As this bill…is being implemented, [employers] are investing in their employees, whether it’s the bonuses they’ve been able to give, or those that have been expanding benefits….it’s given some optimism to people that was really needed. I think for several years now it’s really been a hunker down mode trying to get through, trying to survive. The optimism, the hope, is what’s most exciting to me and that we can keep that going so that people — women, everyone — will start dreaming again about what’s possible.”

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McMorris Rodgers Meets with Minority Entrepreneurs

“We don’t want a tax code that stands in the way of success. We want one that rewards hard work — and fights for us and for our families. We want a modern tax code for a modern economy that will unleash innovation [and] the entrepreneurial spirit that makes America so special…we are going to be a part of making history.”

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Tax Day Small Business Roundtable

“We are celebrating today as the last day under the old system. And and so it’s going to look very different moving forward. We want to put the faces of tax reform on it today and that’s why we’d love to hear your stories. Nothing’s more powerful than the stories that we’ve heard all across the country.

“I think about the manager of Starbucks in downtown Spokane that after Starbucks made their announcement of increased salaries and benefits, he was just bouncing off the walls. He and his wife just had a child, a baby four months ago. And just that hope, that optimism, a belief that there was a better future. And it just it’s a great memory. Premera in Washington state invested $50 million in the community and community investments — a million in the Hope House in Spokane, which is a women’s shelter. And it means that the shelter that is full every night is going to be able to expand. That’s money that’s going to go a lot further than if it were a state here in Washington D.C. and we want to hear more of those stories today. We’re really grateful that you would take the time to join us.”

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Heritage Event: Highlighting what tax reform means for people with disabilities

“That’s not unusual for anyone. In today’s world, we need more internships more opportunities for young people to go explore work see what their passion is Go explore what the possibilities are. This will allow those with disabilities to have that same opportunity to do so. I’m very excited about what that means. ABLE is just one of the ways that we are looking at transforming the way people view those with disabilities to focus more on the ability. We should do that across the board — focus on someone’s ability and really focus on what they have to offer.”

“We had stagnant wages, stagnant growth for years and now you’re starting to see low unemployment, increasing workforce participation rate, businesses that are making decisions to expand. Our goal is to keep that going because that’s the best thing that we can do to empower people — give them a job. A job is so foundational to our lives. And that’s what gives us purpose and dignity.”

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At Home in Eastern Washington:

I’m LIVE at Starbucks in downtown Spokane to talk about tax reform and what it means for people all over Eastern Washington.

Posted by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Thursday, January 25, 2018