Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT THE GOP TAX REFORM FRAMEWORK

Sep 29, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL), Chairman of the Tax Policy Subcommittee, joined with GOP leaders from the House and Senate yesterday to present Americans with a framework to simplify our complicated tax code and put more money into the pockets of millions of middle-class families and small businesses. The framework presented will serve as a guide for tax-writing committees that are developing this legislation. The tax reform framework can be found here.

“This is a transformational moment we have to reform a tax code that hasn’t been updated in over 30 years. This is about improving the lives of every single American. It’s about increasing paychecks and giving families, working students and small businesses an easier and fairer tax code. American families are counting on Congress and the White House to work together to fix a tax code that is too complicated and too unfair,” said Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL). “This framework puts us on the right path to accomplishing those goals and I invite my Democrat colleagues to join us in making the changes necessary to enact common-sense, fiscally-responsible measures that grows our economy, supports our middle-class, defends our workers and protects our jobs.”

 

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI): “Today, we move one step closer to fixing our broken tax code so that it puts Americans first. This is our best opportunity in a generation to deliver real middle-class tax relief, create jobs here at home, and fuel unprecedented economic growth. It has been 31 years since we last got this done, and hardworking families and small businesses cannot afford to wait any longer. Under President Trump’s leadership, we are determined to finally give the American people the simpler, fairer, and more competitive tax system they deserve.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “Later today, I look forward to joining members of the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways & Means Committee, and other congressional leaders in unveiling a unified framework for fixing our nation’s broken tax code. It’s an idea that can bring much-needed relief to middle-class families and small businesses and help keep more jobs in America. It's the result of a lot of hard work and input from Members, Committees, staffs, and the administration, to name a few -- I thank them again for their continued diligence on behalf of our country. This framework is focused on supporting American jobs, on making taxes fairer and on growing families’ paychecks.”

House Ways And Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady: “This is an exciting day for the millions of Americans who are tired of today’s broken tax code and have waited for years for better job opportunities, more take-home pay, and a stronger economy. Today, House Republicans joined President Trump and our Senate colleagues in letting the American people know: we’re taking action. After years of work, we are moving forward with a unified framework that paves the way for bold, transformational tax reform – tax reform that will bring more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks. We have a lot of work ahead. But this moment marks a major step forward in the process. Now it’s time for the Ways and Means Committee to build on this momentum and deliver legislation that President Trump can ultimately sign into law. We are closer than ever to finishing what we have started for the American people – and 2017 is our year to make it happen.”

The National Federation of Independent Business: “We are grateful to the President and congressional leaders for remaining steadfast on tax reform. We are pleased to see that the initial plan calls for reducing taxes on pass-through companies, which represent the overwhelming majority of American small businesses. This is the beginning of a long process, and we look forward to more details. NFIB will remain engaged to ensure that tax reform starts with small business. Small businesses need meaningful reform that lowers their tax bill, allows them to invest in their business, create jobs, and grow the economy.”

National Taxpayers Union President Pete Sepp: “For overburdened taxpayers, the wait is over – Congress and the President are not only reading from the same book on tax reform, they’re now getting on the same page. The core tax reform principles they’ve outlined in today’s framework can deliver on relief for middle-class families and individuals, a simpler filing process, a fairer system that allows all businesses to create more jobs, and ultimately a prosperous economy…. In short, we have the best opportunity in more than three decades to transform our antiquated tax code for the benefit of everyone.”

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Senior Vice President And Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley: “Today’s announcement, and the unity of vision shown in it, bolsters our confidence that tax reform can be enacted this year. The engagement and enthusiasm for pro-growth tax reform from Trump administration officials and Congressional lawmakers is what will propel this over the finish line for American businesses, workers, and families. The U.S. Chamber applauds the work that has been done to narrow the differences and we look forward to continuing to engage policy makers on this critical issue.”

National Association of Manufacturers President And CEO Jay Timmons: “Today is a great day for those who believe America’s best days are still ahead. This tax reform framework is the type of bold action manufacturers have been calling for because it will spur economic growth for all Americans. The United States needs to continue to be the most attractive place to invest and start a business, and this initial proposal is a positive step in that direction.”

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council President And CEO Karen Kerrigan: “The unified framework released by GOP leaders and tax writers today is a solid starting point for tax reform. The plan lowers rates for small businesses, simplifies the tax system and encourages investment and capital formation. These are the necessary pieces for producing a healthy ecosystem that will enable American entrepreneurs and small businesses to succeed…. It is a bold package that will produce big growth for the U.S. economy.”

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