Curbelo at Reagan Ranch: Tax Reform is About Prosperity, Opportunity for Every American Family

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Miami, Florida, August 17, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Yesterday, 31 years after Congress reached agreement on the largest tax code overhaul in America's history, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), South Florida’s only member on the House Committee on Ways and Means, joined with Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL), and fellow Ways and Means Member David Schweikert (R-AZ) to address the American people from President Ronald Reagan’s ranch about the importance of delivering pro-growth tax reform in 2017.

Earlier this week, the Miami Herald spoke with Curbelo about his trip to Rancho del Cielo and his work on the Committee since his appointment at the start of this Congress.

A transcript of Curbelo’s remarks is available below. The video can be viewed here.


Curbelo at Reagan Ranch: Tax Reform is About Prosperity and Opportunity for Every American Family
Santa Barbara, California
August 16, 2017

Representative Carlos Curbelo: “Thank you Chairman Brady. Thank you for your leadership and for inviting us to be a part of this special day. I’m truly honored to be here at Rancho del Cielo. For my family who came to this country with nothing, Ronald Reagan was and is a hero. And as far as I’m concerned, this is haloed ground we’re standing on here. So I thank everyone who made this day possible.

“We’re here to seek inspiration, and to make this commitment that the Chairman mentioned. It’s easy for discussions about tax reform to become technical in nature. And over the coming weeks, I’m sure you’ll hear about corporate interest deductibility and all sorts of other technical terms, but at the end of the day, this is about every American family and about every American.

“It’s about prosperity and opportunity. It’s about a lot of young people, who feel like the economic recovery hasn’t reached their households, young people who may have gone to college but can’t find gainful employment, a lot of immigrant families who have come to this country seeking opportunity and are getting by, but not enough of them are getting ahead. That’s what all of this is about.

“And of course it’s not going to be easy. But it wasn’t easy for Ronald Reagan either. And the same way he infused our nation with optimism in the ‘80s and after his presidency, now it’s our turn. It’s our turn to renew the confidence of the American worker, to show American families that they can succeed here and that this is the greatest place in the world to get a job, to start a company, to invent a new product. That is what tax reform is all about. It’s up to us to meet the expectations of the American people and to help them accomplish, reach their aspirations.

“I truly feel grateful to have the privilege of hopefully being a small part of taking a giant step toward greater prosperity and opportunity for every American in our country.”

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