Passing Budget Is First Step Toward Relief And Jobs For American Families
‘Tax reform is all about getting America going again and growing again. It aims to take more money out of Washington's pockets and put more in middle-class pockets. And it represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to replace a failing tax code that holds Americans back with one that works for them. Passing this budget is critical to getting tax reform done, so we can strengthen our economy after years of stagnation under the previous administration.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the budget for Fiscal Year 2018 and tax reform:
“The Senate is taking the next critical step in passing the comprehensive, fiscally responsible budget before us. It’s pretty obvious that this is a good budget -- and that's true whether you're looking at it from a fiscal perspective or an economic one.
“Take the fiscal side first. It reins in government spending. It protects Social Security. It complies fully with previous spending caps, while also providing for an increase for defense resources if a bipartisan agreement can be reached. In short, it's a fiscally responsible budget that will help put the federal government on a path to balance. On the economic side, this budget can help our country realize better and more sustained economic growth — which is critical, given the last decade of missed opportunities for the middle class. One way this budget can help our economy is by providing legislative tools to advance tax reform.
“As I've said many times before, tax reform represents the most important thing we can do today to get our economy reaching for its true potential. Tax reform is all about getting America going again and growing again. It aims to take more money out of Washington's pockets and put more in middle-class pockets. And it represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to replace a failing tax code that holds Americans back with one that works for them. Passing this budget is critical to getting tax reform done, so we can strengthen our economy after years of stagnation under the previous administration.
“I know members are eager to continue proposing amendments to this budget. We already adopted some good ideas yesterday. For instance, the Senate adopted an amendment offered by Senator Heller to provide tax relief to American families with children so they can have more money to make ends meet. We also adopted an amendment from Senator Collins to provide relief to small businesses, which have been responsible for the creation of about two-thirds of net new jobs in recent years — according to statistics from the Small Business Administration.
“Both of these amendments reinforce the goals of the tax reform framework developed by the president, his team, and the tax-writing committees in Congress. And today, we will consider more ideas from colleagues on both sides of the aisle. I would like to thank Chairman Enzi and the members of the Senate Budget Committee for their good work in getting us to this point. The budget they produced is important to our fiscal and economic future. And I look forward to passing it soon.”
Related Issues: Taxes, Budget, Tax Reform, Economy