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Columns November 7, 2017  RSS feed

U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady

Historic Week for Texas
By U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady

Last week was historic on a couple of fronts. Not only did the Houston Astros win the World Series – for the first time in their 55-year existence – but the House Committee on Ways and Means, which I lead, introduced bold, pro-growth legislation to overhaul our broken tax code for the first time in 31-years.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, will deliver real tax relief to Americans across the country – especially low-and middle-income Americans who have been struggling for far too long to earn a raise and get ahead.

For families, workers, and job creators in the Eighth Congressional District and across America, we’re lowering rates, eliminating costly deductions that drive up taxes, and significantly increasing the standard deduction to protect more of your paycheck from taxes.

We’re boosting family focused tax benefits to help keep up with the rising costs of child care, higher education, and looking after their loved ones.

And we’re eliminating taxes that punish hard-working families like the Alternative Minimum Tax and the Death Tax. No longer will our family-owned farms and businesses have to worry about double or triple taxation from Washington. Our legislation also delivers unprecedented simplicity that will enable 9 out of 10 Americans to file their taxes on a form as simple as a postcard.

Finally, we’re making America competitive again by delivering tax relief to businesses of all sizes so our workers and job creators can compete – and win – anywhere in the world.

On Sunday, Texans were subject to another tragedy. Twenty-six people in Sutherland Springs were killed while attending church, and many more were wounded. Reports indicate the offender was convicted in military court for domestic violence against his wife and child in 2012, he served a year of confinement and was given a bad-conduct discharge from the Air Force in 2014. This conviction for domestic violence should have prevented him from purchasing firearms but didn’t.

While this tragedy will be seized as an opportunity to push gun control by some, we can’t reasonably expect more gun laws to stop these tragedies when the ones we already have aren’t being properly enforced.

Congressman Kevin Brady chairs the House Ways and Means Committee.


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