Excerpt: “It’s encouraging that the White House is finally joining the business tax reform conversation and to see bipartisan agreement on the need to lower the business tax rate, broaden the tax base, and eliminate loopholes that give certain sectors preferential treatment. Our tax code is overly complex, is the second highest business rate in the world, and is easily manipulated and antiquated, having last seen reforms in 1986. The status-quo is simply indefensible and continues to create barriers to American job creation."
Op-Ed: Article, by Kevin McCarthy and Peter Roskam
Excerpt: "The nearly one trillion dollar “stimulus” package was supposed to be Democrats’ government fix for the American economy. Not only did President Obama promise 3.5 million jobs, but the White House’s chief economists insisted that if only we passed the nearly trillion dollars in government spending, national unemployment would never reach as high as 8 percent."
Excerpt: “Three years ago President Obama promised Americans 3.5 million jobs and unemployment under 8% if they just supported his nearly trillion dollar ‘stimulus’ plan. In the time since, Americans have endured crushing job losses, 36 straight months of unemployment above 8%, and trillions more in debt. And yet, astonishingly, the White House still refuses to pivot from trying to borrow, tax, and spend our way into prosperity. Americans have fundamentally rejected this debt-end approach."
Excerpt: "This week, we've gotten a lot of interest on the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, H.R. 7. A lot of these questions surround this whole notion of mass transit: METRA, CTA and so forth. Here is the bottom line: Right now, the system is going to go broke in two years, everybody agree on that. This bill that the House has taken up creates five years of certainty for mass transit and it's fully paid for. That's a very important element of it."
Excerpt: "With national unemployment above eight percent for three years and debt challenges so great they threaten to diminish our children's futures, America needed more than an election-year budget with the same debt, doubt, and job-destroying policies from President Obama."
Article: by Richard Rubin
Excerpt: “The international comparisons are very helpful because they frame the entire debate,” Representative Peter Roskam, an Illinois Republican who has introduced legislation to make the current rates permanent, said in an interview. “It’s a zero-sum game. Capital is fungible and capital is going to go where it’s treated best.” Roskam said he and other Republicans will continue using international comparisons as they seek to shape a broader overhaul of the tax code. “The world isn’t waiting,” he said. “We’re wise to be measured by the fact that other tax jurisdictions have gotten the joke.”
Excerpt: "What I have found is that if you want to be an effective member of Congress you need to listen to your district and I get regular communications by e-mail and Facebook and Twitter and regular old fashioned letters. You name it, I hear from folks. And I want to try and give a feedback loop to talk about some of these issues that are top of mind to all of us."
Excerpt: "Unemployment is still above 8 percent effectively three years after the "stimulus" passed. Yet even still, the Administration's putting their political agenda ahead of American jobs."
Excerpt: "The CLASS Act was just he kind of fantasy budgetary gimmick only dreamed up in Washington. This cornerstone program of the Democrats healthcare overhaul -- supposedly a way to pay for Obamacare's outrageous cost -- is just one more broken promise that's saddled the American taxpayer with more debt."
Article: Daily Herald, by Kerry Lester
Excerpt: " The real focus continues to be on jobs and economic growth. The entire debate is on how do you do that, how you create an environment when you try to see 5 and 6 percent growth."