56 Conservative Groups & Activists Urge House Passage of Tax Reform 2.0 Legislation

56 Conservative Groups & Activists Urge House Passage of Tax Reform 2.0 Legislation

September 25, 2018

The Honorable Paul Ryan
Speaker
U.S. House of Representatives
H-232, The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515              

The Honorable Kevin Brady
Chairman        
House Committee on Ways and Means
1102 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Speaker Ryan and Chairman Brady:                                                  

On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write in support of House passage of Tax Reform 2.0.

This proposal is split into three piecs of legislation: H.R. 6760, the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act, H.R. 6757, the Family Savings Act, and H.R. 6756, the American Innovation Act.

The House should pass all of these bills.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed last year reduced taxes for Americans at every income level, raised wages and other employee benefits, boosted economic growth, and made the U.S. a more competitive place to do business.

Unfortunately, not all of the tax reduction in TCJA could be made permanent because of liberal obstructionism, arcane Senate rules, and an unwillingness to reduce out-of-control federal spending. Due to these constraints, lawmakers were forced to sunset the individual tax provisions starting in 2026.

The Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act will address this by making individual and small business tax cuts permanent.

Because of TCJA, 90 percent of wage earners are seeing higher take-home pay. This year, a family of four with annual income of $73,000 will see a tax cut of $2,058—a 58 percent reduction in federal taxes.

Americans are seeing a simpler, fairer tax code due to the doubling of the standard deduction, the reduction in the Alternative Minimum Tax, and the reduction in the death tax.

Small businesses also see tax relief through the creation of a 20 percent deduction for businesses organized as pass-through entities.

In addition to making these provisions permanent, Tax Reform 2.0 builds on the success of TCJA and further improves the tax code.

The Family Savings Act strengthens tax-advantaged savings accounts so that Americans have more money for retirement, education, and other expenses. The legislation updates retirement accounts so that businesses have more flexibility to set up and contribute to plans and workers have more flexibility to invest and save for retirement.

The bill also creates new, universal savings accounts which allow families to save and invest $2,500 of their own after-tax earnings. 529 education savings accounts are expanded so that families can use these funds on apprenticeship programs and to cover home schooling expenses.

The American Innovation Act encourages innovation and entrepreneurship. The legislation allows businesses to recover more start-up expenses and also allows start-ups that bring in new investors to retain access to important tax benefits like the Research & Development tax credit.

Since it was signed into law, TCJA has reduced taxes for businesses and families, increased take-home pay, and spurred American innovation and competitiveness.

Tax Reform 2.0 will build on this success by making individual and small business tax cuts permanent, expanding tax-advantaged savings accounts, and allowing businesses to recover more start-up costs.

We therefore urge prompt floor passage of the Tax Reform 2.0 package and encourage all members of Congress to support the legislation.

Sincerely,

Grover Norquist
President, Americans for Tax Reform

James L. Martin
Founder/Chairman, 60 Plus Association

Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
President, 60 Plus Association

Phil Kerpen
President, American Commitment

Matt Schlapp
Chairman, American Conservative Union

Steve Pociask
President, American Consumer Institute

Lisa B. Nelson
CEO, ALEC Action

Tom Giovanetti
President, Americans for a Strong Economy

Dan Weber
Founder & President, Association of Mature American Citizens

Norm Singleton
President, Campaign For Liberty

Ryan Ellis
Executive Director, Center for a Free Economy

Andrew F. Quinlan
President, Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Jeffrey Mazzella
President, Center for Individual Freedom

Olivia Grady
Senior Fellow, Center for Worker Freedom

Chuck Muth
President, Citizen Outreach (Nevada)

Matthew Kandrach
President, Consumer Action for a Strong Economy

Tom Schatz
President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

Iain Murray
Vice President for Strategy & Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Katie McAuliffe
Executive Director, Digital Liberty

Palmer Schoening
President, Family Business Coalition

Richard Watson
Chairman, Florida Center Right Coalition

Adam Brandon
President, FreedomWorks

George Landrith
President, Frontiers of Freedom

Victor Riches
President & CEO, Goldwater Institute (Arizona)

Ray Chadwick
Chairman, Granite State Taxpayers (New Hampshire)

Tim Chapman
Executive Director, Heritage Action for America

Rodolfo E. Milani
Trustee, Hispanic American Center for Economic Research

Mario H. Lopez
President, Hispanic Leadership Fund

Carrie Lukas
President, Independent Women’s Forum

Heather R. Higgins
CEO, Independent Women’s Voice

Andrew Langer
President, Institute for Liberty

Sal J. Nuzzo
Vice President of Policy, The James Madison Institute (Florida)

John Dodd
President, Jesse Helms Center (North Carolina)

Dave Trabert
President, Kansas Policy Institute

Seton Motley
President, Less Government

Mary Adams
Chair, Maine Center-right Coalition Meeting

Jameson Taylor, Ph.D.
Vice President for Policy, Mississippi Center for Public Policy

Pete Sepp
President, National Taxpayers Union

The Honorable William O’Brien
Former Speaker, New Hampshire House of Representatives
Co-Chair, New Hampshire Center-Right Meeting

The Honorable Stephen Stepanek
Former Chairman, Hew Hampshire House Ways & Means Committee
Co-Chair, New Hampshire Center-right Meeting

Jack Boyle
Executive Director, Ohioans for Tax Reform  

LaVerne Jones Gore
Chairman, The Ohio Diversity Coalition

Jeff Kropf
Executive Director, Oregon Capitol Watch

Josh Crawford
Co-Executive Director, Pegasus Institute (Kentucky)

Jordan Harris
Co-Executive Director, Pegasus Institute (Kentucky)

Daniel Erspamer
CEO, Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Louisiana)

Lorenzo Montanari
Executive Director, Property Rights Alliance

Derrick Hollie
President, Reaching America

Mike Stenhouse
CEO, Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Paul Gessing
President, Rio Grande Foundation (New Mexico)

Karen Kerrigan
President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

Niraj J. Antani
State Representative, Ohio House of Representatives
Chair, Ohio Center-right Meeting

David Williams
President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Judson Philips
President, Tea Party Nation

Tom Zawistowski
President, We the People Convention

Amy Kremer
Chairman, Women for Trump

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