Curbelo Discusses Progress on Tax Reform Plan Following Ways and Means Policy Conference
Curbelo: “If we change the architecture of the economy, which the tax code is the architecture of the economy, we can achieve the vibrant, robust growth that this country needs… So it was many hours of discussions on the tax code, on how we can cut taxes for every single American, make our companies more competitive so that they can grow, pay their employees more, hire more people. That is the goal of tax reform.”
Earlier today, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) joined “Morning Magazine with Bill Becker” to discuss the progress being made on tax reform legislation in the Congress.
Curbelo and other Ways and Means Committee Republicans spent Sunday and Monday in a tax reform policy conference discussing the different aspects of tax reform and working on ideas that would encourage job creation, grow the economy, make American companies more competitive, and cut taxes for American families and individuals. Curbelo was named to the influential, tax-writing committee earlier this year.
A partial transcript of the exchange is below. Audio of the exchange is available here.
U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo
Representative Carlos Curbelo: “This is the most important and the most exciting thing going on in the Congress right now. It’s not getting the attention it deserves because there are a lot of different things going on in the world…
“But going back to taxes, you see all the frustration in this country, the many families who feel like the economic recovery never reached their homes. Tax reform is the way to cure that, to fix that, to get this economy growing in a healthy way, to make sure that those young people who graduate from college and from vocational programs can find quality jobs.
“We’ve been growing at 1.5-2 percent per year for the last decade almost… and that’s just not enough. If we change the architecture of the economy, which the tax code is the architecture of the economy, we can achieve the vibrant, robust growth that this country needs, and quite frankly… people are going to be a lot happier in this country. You’re not going to see the degree of angst and frustration and anger that we see on TV, on social media.
“So I’m in the middle of that, I’m on the Ways and Means Committee, I’m actually speaking to you right now from the Ways and Means Committee Room. This weekend we met starting at noon on Sunday. It was tough leaving home Sunday morning to come to Washington, but certainly for a worthwhile cause, and we wrapped up our conference yesterday, Monday at about 4:30pm. So it was many hours of discussions on the tax code, on how we can cut taxes for every single American, make our companies more competitive so that they can grow, pay their employees more, hire more people. That is the goal of tax reform.“And if we get it done… this will be one of the most productive Congresses in the history of this country. Since 1986, we have not passed a comprehensive tax reform bill. That year, Ronald Reagan worked with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to get it done. I’m confident that we can get it done this year, and really transform our economy, get it growing, so that every single American can feel like they have the opportunity to succeed in our country.”