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W&M Republicans Speak in Support of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on House Floor

November 16, 2017

Ways and Means Committee Republicans expressed strong support for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) tonight as the House began consideration of this historic legislation.


Kicking off the debate, Ways and Means Committee Chairman and lead sponsor of H.R. 1, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), said: 

“This bill is about – for the first time in decades – providing the American people with a simple and fair tax system. It’s about finally rewarding hard work, growing jobs and paychecks, and allowing Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money to use on whatever is important to them. … Let’s pass this historic bill and take another step forward in delivering bold, pro-growth, pro-family tax reform for Americans throughout this nation.”


Here’s what Ways and Means Republicans – original co-sponsors of H.R. 1 – said, urging their colleagues to vote for this pro-growth bill:


Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL):

“We’re the biggest, best economy in the world, and it’s time we acted like it. This is transformational … Let’s not defend the status quo. Let’s move forward and let’s transform this economy.”


Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA):

This plan will change lives, energize our country, and get our economy booming again.”


Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE):

“This is the moment to finally provide the tax relief Americans have been asking for – and to make our country competitive again. I urge the passage of this pro-growth bill.”


Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN):

“Tax reform for me is about one thing: Restoring the hope for a prosperous future for ourselves, our parents, and most importantly, our children.”


Rep. Diane Black (R-TN):

“This will provide a welcome jolt to our economy, which is badly needed following eight lackluster years under the Obama Administration. Without question, enacting tax reform is a challenge, but the benefits of seeing it through will be felt for generations to come.”


Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA):

“We have an opportunity to jumpstart our economy, and let more hardworking families keep what they earn … We owe it to the hardworking, taxpaying families we represent to deliver it.”


Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD):

“We have worked hours – literally, hundreds of hours – on this legislation … this proposal is a strong step forward. It reflects real, sustainable policy changes that are going to keep more money in people’s pockets.”


Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY):

“This bill has been in the process for over seven years. … Now is the time to rise in support of this legislation, Mr. Speaker. Because what we have before you is a new Tax Code for the 21st century.”


Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN):

“We know the tax code is broken. The American people know the tax code is broken. They’re reminded every time they look at their paycheck. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will deliver pro-growth tax reform to the families, farmers, manufacturers, and workers in my district.”


Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ):

If we do not start to get some economic growth, we are in so much trouble. … If we get the economic growth, that I believe this tax model [will], so many of the very difficult decisions we as body have to make over the next decade get much easier.”


The House will continue the consideration of this legislation tomorrow morning, November 16, 2017, at 9:00 AM.


CLICK HERE to learn more about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.