“We are fighting for you, who President Reagan called the most important special interest of all – the American people.”
— Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)
On Wednesday the Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee met at the Reagan Ranch outside of Santa Barbara, California to explain their plans for tax reform in the coming Congressional session.
The GOP is working hard (hopefully harder than they did on Obamacare repeal) to pass massive tax reforms that would see the tax burden eased on every American. The GOP believes that by cutting and simplifying the tax code we can more quickly create jobs, stimulate higher wages, and make the government less intrusive into the American people’s lives.
Yesterday, 31 years after Congress reached agreement on the largest tax code overhaul in America’s history, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL), and Ways and Means Members David Schweikert (R-AZ) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) addressed the American people from President Ronald Reagan’s ranch about the importance of delivering pro-growth tax reform in 2017.
As the Members said, tax reform is about creating jobs, growing paychecks, and simplifying the tax code in order to improve the lives of all Americans.
Chairman Brady (R-TX): “For the first time in over three decades we have a President, a House, and a Senate who are all committed to overhauling this broken tax code and unleashing the growth of jobs and paychecks nationwide. … With your help, America, we can close the special-interest loopholes. We can lower tax rates for American families and job creators. We can vault America from nearly dead last among our global competitors back into the lead pack with one of the most pro-growth, pro-jobs tax codes on the planet. … This is our challenge. Together – working with President Trump, with leaders in the House and Senate, and with you, the American people – we will rise to this challenge just as our nation has risen to and prevailed over so many great challenges.”
Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Roskam (R-IL): “Could you imagine the national disposition in the next months if we are able to cut this Gordian knot and get to fundamental tax reform that creates real growth, real opportunity, that translates into real jobs, more money in their paychecks for middle-class Americans … Ronald Reagan had faith in generations that followed him. And we are that generation … I have a great deal of confidence in our capacity – joined by our friends all across the spectrum who are engaging substantively on this process – that we can get tax reform done and have real growth.”
Rep. Schweikert (R-AZ): “When you hear us talk about simplicity, fairness, growth – don’t underestimate that word ‘simplicity’ … That simplicity is going to be a really powerful gift to the American people if we do our jobs.”
Rep. Curbelo (R-FL): “It’s easy for discussions about tax reform to become technical in nature … But at the end of the day, this is about every American family and about every American. It’s about prosperity, opportunity … It’s our turn to renew the confidence of the American worker. To show American families that they can succeed here. That this is the greatest place in the world to get a job, to start a company, to invent a new product. That is what tax reform is all about.”
CLICK HERE to read Chairman Brady’s full remarks.
It’s a vision most Americans, and all Republicans, should be able to get behind.
Sadly, the GOP will have to fight their Democrat opposition tooth and nail to see any of this happen. Not to mention, there will be a handful of moderate Republicans who will wring their hands over the loss of special taxpayer funded handouts.
All of this means that significant tax reform, which we need, will be an uphill battle that the GOP will have to fight and that they will have to fight better than they did with Obamacare repeal.
The tax reform we need is on the table, but can the GOP get it across the finish line?