It’s been a great week — the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act passed out of the Ways and Means Committee after a several-day markup and now continues on to the next part of our open process. We’re on track and excited to help every American have tax relief and the opportunity for a better life.
Several House Republicans have penned columns for local and national blogs and papers about our work on pro-family, pro-growth tax reform, and we want to make sure you saw them:
Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) via FoxNews.com: The death tax must go – This is smart tax reform for our generation (and the next)
Last week, House Republicans introduced a once-in-a-generation tax reform package that will finally give folks some breathing room…And while we offer support to the families raising our next generation, this tax reform package is also designed to help job creators thrive from one generation to the next. Today more than 70 percent of family businesses don’t make it to the second generation, and 90 percent don’t survive to the third. There are many reasons for this, but our tax code doesn’t make it any easier. One of the hallmarks of the House GOP plan is a historically low 25 percent tax rate on small businesses that is accompanied by reforms to level the playing field and reduce compliance costs. Additionally, we fully and permanently repeal the Death Tax by 2024, doubling the exemption levels between now and then.
Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) in the Olean Times Herald: If standing with the 99 percent gets me called a “traitor,” so be it
If Gov. Cuomo wants to protect tax breaks for his wealthiest friends downstate at the expense of the rest of us, we’ll just let that stand for what it is. For years, the governor and others have shouted that the one percent needs to pay their fair share. The Tax Cut and Jobs Act, that was introduced in the House Thursday, does just that. It ensures the top one percent continue to pay the most. It keeps the top income tax rate of 39.6 percent while ensuring lower rates and keeping the deduction for property taxes for the middle class. This compromise will ensure that a family of four with an income of $42,000 will see a tax cut of $1,600. This is a win.
Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) via Lancaster Online: Done the right way, tax reform is a game-changer
Every American deserves the opportunity to pursue his or her own version of the American Dream. For too long, our complicated tax code has left families feeling like they’re doing everything right, but still struggling to make ends meet. Studies show 33 percent of people consider themselves $400 away from financial crisis, and 50 percent feel they live paycheck to paycheck. The status quo isn’t working. Tax reform can be a game-changer — if we do it correctly. Two weeks ago, House Republicans released our tax reform bill designed to create more opportunity for middle-class families. Our goal is more than just a tax cut for American families — it’s a complete overhaul of our federal tax code. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reinvests in America and its workforce. If we put our workers and communities on a level playing field, instead of burdening them with an outdated tax code that holds them back, our nation and our neighborhoods will win every time.
Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS) in the Sun Herald: Rep. Steven Palazzo wants tax forms so simple, they’re the size of a postcard
“Tax season is my favorite time of the year,” said no one ever. As a CPA, I have spent way too much time trying to navigate our tax code and waiting on hold for hours with the IRS. I’ve also seen first-hand the loopholes that only benefit the ultra-rich. Our tax code, including supporting materials, is now over 75,000 pages long. Today, only a small percentage of Americans are even capable of doing their taxes without professional help. I have serious doubts that our Founding Fathers ever intended a system so convoluted and confusing that it actually penalizes the vast majority of our citizens.
Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) in the Eden Prairie News: America’s broken tax code needs some repair
The so-called economic “recovery” since the Great Recession has not worked for many Americans. It certainly hasn’t worked for a lot of Minnesotans who have, or are at risk of having, a lower standard of living than their parents. Too many are living paycheck to paycheck and just feel like they can’t get ahead. Though our state has enjoyed a better economy than most, it has masked the fact that overall economic growth has been anemic, and we remain uncompetitive in too many areas. Young people will go backward if our country is not more competitive economically. …Fixing a broken tax code is the best way to grow our economy by delivering bigger paychecks and more jobs. After years of preparation and many months of daily meetings, I’m excited to report that we are on the cusp of what could be a historic tax overhaul that is simpler and fairer for all Americans.
Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) in the Belleville News-Democrat: We are trying to make the tax code work for you
The numbers can be dry, but our vision for tax reform is straightforward. We are going for growth, simplicity, and fairness. We want America to be a magnet for job creation in an ever more competitive global marketplace. We want bold reforms that will increase paychecks, grow local businesses, and expand our economy. And we want a tax code so simple you can file your taxes on a post card. Simply stated, we want the tax code to work for you — not the other way around.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) in the Gainesville Times: House tax reform plan focuses on US workers
Last Thursday introduced Northeast Georgians to what the House, Senate and president have been collaborating on since January: A conservative tax reform bill that makes the first meaningful improvements to the tax code since 1986, when I was a student at what was then North Georgia College and an intern on Capitol Hill. Since then, time has passed and tax policy has changed, but not for the better. As pundits tackle the details of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, I want my neighbors to be confident knowing what conservatives are doing through tax reform and, perhaps more importantly, why we’re taking these steps.
Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI) via DailyCaller: Reward Workers with Tax Relief
House Republicans are working on tax reform that will benefit all Americans. We recently passed our 2018 budget resolution, paving the way for pro-growth, pro-worker tax relief…A federal tax rate of 25 percent would free up valuable dollars for hiring, increased wages, and expansion opportunities. When small business owners can keep more of their hard-earned money, they are more capable and more willing to reinvest back into their businesses, which benefits their employees and their communities. A recent Job Creators Network poll found that most small business owners would use a tax cut to hire more workers, raise wages, open an additional location, or buy new equipment. In other words, job creators will put their tax savings right back into their businesses and our economy.
Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) in the Orange County Register: A tax plan for working people
For too long the American tax code has been the subject of jokes and ridicule, and the source of unequal treatment and economic lethargy. The time has come to ditch the antiquated tax code of the past in favor of a new system that will put money back in the pockets of Americans that have been burdened by stagnant wage growth and rising costs of living. A new chapter of American economic greatness is at our fingertips, and the Republican tax reform framework gives us a historic opportunity to make it a reality.
Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA) in the Gwinnett Daily Post: Opportunity knocks for tax reform
Whether it’s phone calls, letters, or emails I receive from constituents, or when I visit Seventh District businesses, the marching orders for Washington are clear: less time and money should be spent on complying with a convoluted tax code. That, in turn, means more freedom and opportunity for success here at home. When we place undue burdens on employers as well as employees, we only hurt ourselves. When our tax policies hinder small businesses from hiring new employees, or drive corporations to move production outside our borders, it’s our communities that pay the price and it’s our economic growth that is stunted. While that has been the tale of the past, it doesn’t have to be the story going forward. And it won’t be.
Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) in the Greensboro News & Record: Why we need tax reform
Congress should use North Carolina as an example and provide Americans with much-needed tax relief. In a speech at a manufacturing plant in Michigan a couple of weeks ago, Vice President Pence said that “we’re going to put more money in the American people’s pockets, and President Trump — he’s going to sign a tax cut that will once again put the American people, American workers, and America first.” I’m ready to work with my colleagues to make this become a reality.
Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) and Jerome Greener in the Austin American-Statesman: Congress presents a tax code that’s fairer and simpler
Any businessman knows that the best way to grow our economy is by embracing tax reform that includes pro-growth and pro-American economic policies. Congress is working on a plan that would dramatically overhaul our tax code for the first time in more than three decades — and this comprehensive approach should guide our country every step of the way.
Modernizing our tax code means more than just lowering rates. It is about doing away with our archaic, convoluted and uncompetitive tax code and replacing it with one that is fairer, flatter and simpler.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) in the Ramona Sentinel: More jobs, fairer taxes, bigger paychecks
Americans deserve a fairer and simpler tax code. We deserve to live our lives without thinking that our tax system is purposely rigged against us. The last time our tax code was reformed was 1986. To put that in perspective, the last time we had a tax overhaul, people were lining up to watch “Top Gun” at the movies and tuning in to see “Cheers” on Thursday night television. A lot has changed in 31 years. The visionary, competitive tax code President Reagan signed into law has become cumbersome, complex and outdated. Loopholes and complexity have made it difficult for American families and small business to get by, let alone get ahead. Today, the tax code punishes success, and that’s not the American way.
Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) in the Green Bay Press Gazette: Federal tax overhaul is long overdue
Before the debate over tax reform heats up in the coming weeks, it’s worth pausing for a second to ask: What is this all about?
Well, the last time the United States did major tax reform it was 1986. I was just two years old, but my family still talks about what a terrible year it was for the Packers. They kicked off the season with six straight losses and ended it with the third worst record in the NFL. Fans didn’t get to see a single win at Lambeau Field that year.
Since then, rosters have changed, the stadium has evolved, and the Packers have made it to the Super Bowl three times, winning twice.
Unlike Packers fans, U.S. taxpayers have not been so lucky. Over the last 31 years, the U.S. tax code has changed for the worse; it’s morphed into an outdated, unfair, and complicated behemoth that stifles growth for our local manufacturers and punishes working families.
Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) in The Covington News: Tax reform is top priority
Conservatives in Congress are focused on one thing right now: tax relief for American families. For months, we have been developing a plan to benefit all Americans – and we are excited to finally get it rolling. A major step in accomplishing a substantial overhaul of our complicated and burdensome tax system is passing a budget. It has been over 30 years since we have passed comprehensive tax reform. For too long, we’ve watched the American middle class struggle and many businesses stifled as they try to grow. Our corporate tax code is the highest in the world, forcing many companies to go overseas. Simply put, the status quo isn’t working.
Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Historic tax relief efforts aim at ensuring economic growth
Working families in West Texas and all over this country have been suffering too long under a weak economy with little to no growth. Farm income is at its lowest since the Great Depression, wages are stagnant, jobs are being shipped overseas, health care costs have skyrocketed, and while these families work hard and play by the rules, they never seem to get ahead. Beneath it all is a fear that plagues all who love this land — the fear that our country will be handed to our children and grandchildren less exceptional than we inherited. But, there is still hope. Fortunately, we have a rare chance and a small window to change the current economic trajectory.
Rep. David Joyce (R-OH) in The News-Herald: Americans deserve tax reform
From my perspective, Americans are spending too much time and money filing taxes. Like I mentioned above, our tax code is more than 70,000 pages long. Hearing that outrageous number, it is no mystery as to why nine out of 10 Americans are forced to pay an expert or purchase a computer program to file their taxes. This means that on top of the money already being taken by the government, individuals and families are spending even more of their hard-earned money to third parties just to file their taxes.
For the last 30 years, Americans have associated tax season with stress and burden. According to the National Taxpayer Advocate, individuals and businesses spend a combined six billion hours each year complying with the tax code. That will all change under our new tax reform plan.
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) in The Gazette: Tax reform should grow the economy and help the middle class
Our tax code hasn’t been meaningfully reformed in over 30 years. It is cluttered with seemingly endless complications, regulations, rules and loopholes — all creating significant burdens for small businesses, employees, and our economy at large. It’s time we take tax reform seriously so that our economy grows. Where do we start? We start by making taxes fair and simple for the American people. Tax reform is ultimately about the people. It’s always been about helping middle-class families and all American citizens who work hard, play by the rules, and pay their taxes. It’s about hardworking people who want something to pass on to their children. It’s about local employers who are tired of red tape. A fair and simple tax code is what business owners in our district and the state are clamoring for.
Rep. French Hill via Arkansas Business: Why Tax Reform Should Matter to You
Our framework is focused on delivering relief to middle-class families and those who want to join the middle class. The proposed plan lowers individual rates so families can keep more their hard-earned income to spend, save and invest in our local communities. The plan also doubles the standard deduction to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for families. By doubling the standard deduction, most low-and-middle income Americans will see twice the amount of their paychecks protected from taxes. More of their income will be in the zero tax brackets. The more we cut taxes, the more money Americans will have in their pockets to pour back into the economy, spurring on our economic growth and prosperity.
Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) via MLive: Tax reform means lower taxes, bigger paychecks for Michigan families
As it stands today, the tax code has ballooned to more than 70,000 pages. It’s a complicated mess and overly burdensome for families and small businesses. With all its special interest carve outs, the code is tilted in favor of a few and often takes a high-priced lawyer or accountant to understand. Working with President Trump, we recently released a framework to fix our broken tax code and provide meaningful relief for middle and low-income families. The goal is to strengthen America’s economic competitiveness, create better jobs with bigger paychecks, and give a pay raise to the workers who need it most. It will be so straightforward to file your taxes that nine out of ten Americans will be able to do it on a one page, postcard-like form.
Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) in USA Today: We’re helping middle-income Americans
Earlier this year, Americans across the nation filed their taxes. Many paid an accountant a decent sum in the hopes that, somewhere in the 70,000-plus pages of complicated tax code, they could identify every deduction they qualified for and reduce their overall tax burden.
Most people don’t dare fill out their own tax return because they worry that the IRS will come after them if they make a mistake. They either hire someone or buy special computer programs to get it done. The extra length of the tax code hasn’t made it any better; instead, it has become bloated by special interest groups that have inserted loopholes and carveouts while making it more and more complicated.
It’s time to make a real change to our tax code that will help middle-income families and small businesses that need it. This bill does just that. By reducing the tax code to fewer than 500 pages, Americans at every income level will receive tax relief with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) in The Press-Enterprise: It is time to reform our aging tax code
A lot has changed since 1986. Remember when phones had cords, TVs were the size of a small horse (and about as heavy), and Polaroid cameras were all the rage? Back then the internet didn’t exist and the Soviet Union did; Pluto was still a planet and the Berlin Wall still stood. But through all those seismic shifts, one thing hasn’t changed much in the past 31 years — our tax code, which, at about 75,000 pages, remains a convoluted mess. Over the past several months, I have been working with other leaders in Congress to develop a major tax reform bill that allows hard-working American families to keep more of their money and makes our companies more competitive around the world. The tax reform framework that was recently released by congressional Republicans and the president will grow our economy by establishing a pro-American, pro-growth tax code. We aim to achieve these important goals by emphasizing simplicity and fairness.
Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) in The Robesonian: Relief on way for American workers
The Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act cuts the tax rates for hardworking Americans, nearly doubles the standard deduction, increases the Child Tax Credit, and creates a new “family credit” to help pay for family expenses. With these changes, the average family of four will save $1,182 per year. That money can make a real difference in your family budget, right? On average, that money covers about a year’s worth of gas for your family car, or your family phone bill for the year. Of course, that extra money could help pay for tuition, or pay down your debts faster, or pay for much-needed repairs. We are also going to make it easier to file taxes. With our new, simplified system, nine out of 10 Americans will be able to complete their taxes on a single postcard. Our legislation is focused on fairness.
Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI) in The Detroit News: Tax cuts will motivate Americans
We want our local job creators to expand their operations, increase wages and hire more of our neighbors. That’s how you grow an economy from the ground up. With this plan our economy can finally reach its true potential. For details on all of this and more, visitwww.fairandsimple.gop. “It’s morning again in America,” Reagan once said. We have the potential for that again today. Tax reform is about giving hardworking Americans the confidence they need to make their dreams a reality. That’s exactly the kind of motivation that gets every American out of bed in the morning.