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of you have been watching this debate, and it continues here live here on c-span at the house is about to gavel in for the legislative session and they are expecting to vote sometime today, this afternoon on the house public and tax reform proposal. actual for watching. we will you now to the house floor. the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, the reverend rob hughes, broadway presbyterian church, sedalia, missouri. the chaplain: let us pray. awesome and merciful god, we thank you that we can approach you directly in prayer, fully aware that prayer is not a shield protecting us from all evil but rather a reminder first and foremost that you alone are god, creator, redeemer, and sustainer of all. and we're not. gracious lord, in ancient times
king solomon asked only for wisdom not fame, fortune, for influence. instead he longed for godly wisdom. parent, teacher, minister, elected official, or in any other official of leadership, help us to lead with godly wisdom. proclaim od, as i your threefold unity, father, son, and proclaim your threefold unity, father, son, and holy spirit, individual yet eternally united as one god, i pray that this nation, the united states, be also unified, respecting and valuing the individual yet united as one nation, under god, indivisible. it is in your name i pray. amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his pproval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from
maryland, mr. brown. mr. brown: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: without objection, the gentlewoman from missouri, mrs. hartzler, is recognized for one minute. i rise today to honor and thank reverend robert hughes of sedalia, missouri for his leadership in the faith community. after beginning his career in film and television working for media companies like disney and national geographic, reverend hughs left show biz to do god's business. he entered the ministry which led him to see dailya where he erves as the -- sedalia. loved by ughs is well
members of his congress gation and he uses his time -- congregation and he uses his time and talents to energize god's loved by members of his congress word. reverend hughs, thank you for your devotion to your community and congregation and for bringing inspiration and encouragement to those you serve. may god bless everything you set your hand to. your service to god and your church is appreciated. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to five further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman from georgia is recognized for one minute. for what purpose does the gentleman from >> mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the bravery of one of my constituents and an american hero, staff sergeant richard hunter. staff sergeant hunter was recently awarded the air force ross in recognition of his
outstanding courage in the line outstanding courage in the line of duty. staff sergeant hunter was deployed to afghanistan as part of the u.s. army special forces team. on november 2, 2016, his team found themselves under a heavy machine-gun fire from insurgents. spite the barrage of enemy fire, hunter charged forward to shield the wounded and ultimately repelled the enemy's encroachment. he initiated the launch of the quick reaction force and casualty airlift for wounded members in his group. mr. hice: after discovering an injured fellow special force soldier, hunter dragged him 30 meters to safety with one hand while he directed radio air with his other. when they fell under fire once again, hunter eliminated the threat and helped load the wounded into a helicopter to be evacuated. in total, staff sergeant hunter's actions that day eliminated 27 enemy forces and saved his team. for these measures of extraordinary bravery in the
most dire of circumstances, staff sergeant richard hunter earned the air force cross award. without his help many american service members surely would have been lost that day. mr. speaker, i ask my colleagues to join me in honoring the heroic actions of staff sergeant richard hunter, a true american hero. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? the gentleman seeks unanimous consent? the gentleman is recognized for ne minute. mr. speaker, the tax bill put forth today by congressional mr. speaker, the put forth today by congressional republicans is a give to the wealthiest 1% and multinational corporations at the expense of or students, homeowners, and seniors. it eliminates critical deduction that is help central coast families, including deductions for state and local taxes, mortgage interest, student loans, and medical
expenses. mr. carbajal: with wildfire season in california growing longer each year, this bill callously eliminates tax relief for personal casualty losses result interesting wildfires as well as earthquakes. in fact, this bill would raise taxes on 36 working and middle class taxpayers by an in fact, this bill would raise taxes on 36 working and middle class taxpayers by an average of $1,130. with the national debt that has now surpassed 20 in fact, this bill trillion, th american people cannot afford this tax bill that adds $1.5 trillion to the deficit and leaves out our children -- leaves our children stuck with the bill. americans deserve bipartisan tax reform that simplifies our tax code and puts the middle class first. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from michigan is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. hardworking families in michigan have been squeezed for far too long under our broken
tax code. wages aren't going up, yet the cost of living keeps getting more expensive. we developed a tax cuts and jobs act with those low and middle income families in mind. they need a break. folks in michigan in monroe, jackson, charlotte, and across my district this tax cut plan means bigger paychecks and more money in their pocket. at every income level, people will see meaningful tax relief, our plan doubles the standard increases the child tax credit to help with the cost of raising a family. it also eases the tax burden on small businesses so they can give their workers a raise and create more jobs in the community. it brings back jobs from overseas and incentivizes job creators to expand and hire here at home. mr. speaker, this is a pro-growth increases the child tax credit to help with the cost of raising a family. p let's pass it today and help the families we represent get the relief they need. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for
what purpose does the gentleman rom maryland seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman from maryland is recognized for one minute. mr. brown: mr. speaker, the american people do not support the g.o.p. tax plan being considered today. after promising a simple and fair tax system, republicans offer a complicated mess. their tax plan picks winners, the rich and big corporations getting nearly $1 trillion in tax cuts. they create losers like teachers, seniors, students, people with disabilities, and working families who will pay more. this g.o.p. tax scam also veterans.r nation's more than 300,000 veterans have benefited from the work opportunity tax credit, most of whom serve after 9/11. eliminates the
tax credit and abandons our service members when they return home and transition to civilian life. today one of every three veterans is underemployed and 1.8 million veterans are stuck in low-wage jobs. every single veteran should be able to get a family supporting job at home after serving our nation. this tax bill asks our veterans and their families to again sacrifice this time so billionaires and big corporations eliminates the tax credit get a huge tugget. mr. speaker, veterans deserve a better deal and so do american working families. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the is leman from florida recognized for one minute. mr. bilirakis: thank you, mr. speaker. i have supported and will
continue to support increased federal funding for the promises research going on at the national institute of health in order to encourage more progress addressing the is eimer's situation. recognized for one minute. mr. bilirakis: november is national alzheimer's disease awareness month. there are an estimated 5.5 million americans living with this debilitating disease and we know it often goes unreported or undiagnosed. this issue is near and dear to my heart because it has touched my own family. as i have seen firsthand the challenges of supporting a loved one battling the disease. i have been frustrated by the lack of progress. again, mr. speaker, together we will improve the quality of those who are suffering and work towards finding a cure. remust have funding for the n.i.h. to get this done. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? does the gentleman seek unanimous consent? the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. oppose the ise to
administration's proposed national parks interest fee per rom $25 to $75 vehicle which will prohibit many american families from enjoying these beautiful sites. joshua tree national park is-n my district welcomes as many as 2.5 million visitors each year shall contributing $128 million to our local economy. it is a haven for so many. local veterans find solace and healing in the quiet of nature. children experience the beauty their first hike. visitors come to love their fir. visitors come to love the grandeur and missic of our desert when they come to stay in joshua tree. families bond over the lasting memories they make in the park. everyone, not just the rich, should have access to these incredible places. working families are deserving of access to our national parks. nearly tripling the price of interest -- entry means that many families will be priced
out of visiting these parks, including many people in my district who live right next to the joshua tree national park. our national parks are not just nly for the economically privileged. they are for we, the people, to enjoy. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition. >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the bucks county opportunity council community action agency which serves low-income families throughout bucks county, pennsylvania and its economic self-sufficiency program which recently from ted its 300th family poverty. this individualized program works with families to end the cycle of poverty by building a plan of action and working from poverty. with a coach to to graduate, participants in program must program must be f
welfare subsidies, have secured employment, live in safe and affordable housing, have access to safe and reliable transportation, maintain a balanced budget, and have a health care plan for their entire family. mr. speaker, attain new trainin and education. this program is working. aside from the total number of graduates, last year's class of families have more than tripled their salaries. moreover, in our community, every dollar invested nets nearly $5 saved in cash to welfare subsidies. i'm proud to stand with the bucks county opportunity mission to heir reduce poverty and partner with our community to promote economic self-sufficiency. our community is a better place because of their work. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from mission to reduce poverty new york seek recognition? without objection, the gentlelady from new york is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, as we stand here today, my colleagues on
the other side of the aisle this tax you that scam bill will help ordinary people. ms. velazquez: well, as we new yorkers say, if you buy that land, i got a bridge in brooklyn to sell you. this bill takes a wrecking ball to our middle class. it erases deduction that is ordinary working families count on to stay afloat. it raises taxes on 36 million middle class families. by eliminating the medical expense deduction, this scam will force nearly half a million new yorkers who already struggle with serious illnesses to take into their bank accounts to pay their health care bills. by gutting the student loan deduction, higher education will become even more expensive for 800,000 new york students.
graduate students will be taxed on tuition waivers. i heard from one woman in my district who said she will have to pay $2,700 in income. the choice is clear. vote no. reject. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, i rise today to encourage my colleagues all to support h.r. 1, the tax cuts and jobs act. for the first time since 1986, this is real opportunity to challenge the status quo and simplify the tax code. for the nearly 82% of taxpayers in the pennsylvania's fifth congressional district who file jointly, under the standard deduction, we're going to see that nearly double to $24,000 up from $12,700.
according to the i.r.s., 18% of taxpayers nust fifth district of pennsylvania choose to itemize their tax returns, averaging about $21,000 in deductions. doubling the standard deduction means that low and middle income families who have been struggling for a long time will see their tax burden lowered. this proposal truly strives to help families keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. today we have a choice -- today we have a once in a generation opportunity that we cannot afford to pass up. more jobs, fair taxes, bigger paychecks. . i encourage my colleagues to support this bill. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentlelady from california is recognized for one minute. mrs. napolitano: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong opposition to
h.r. 1, republican tax bill, a giveaway to the corporations and the richest 1%, a tax hike on working class americans and their children. it is unconscionable as it cripples the state and local tact deductions. 30% of our residents will lose the deduction, averaging $17,000 per family, which will devastating housing affordability. it cruel eliminates the medical expense tax deduction worth over $10,000 this is a direct blow to seniors and families in my district who have long-term medical needs as well as families with children who have severe disabilities. the house bill is terrible but the senate wants to include a repeal of the affordable care act in their bill, making it even more painful for working families. this would kick millions of americans off their health insurance plan, spike premiums or undermine the entire health care system. it also abolishes the
tax-exempt status used by silicon valley agencies, water agencies, transportation agencies, provide low-cost financing. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert in the record letters from the california in e of cities, counties, opposition to h.r. 1. i urge my colleagues to vote against it. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. pursuant to clause 1-c, further consideration of h.r. 1 will now resume. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 302, h.r. 1, a bill to provide for reconciliation pursuant to title 2 of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018. the speaker pro tempore: when proceedings were postponed on wednesday, november 15, 2017, one hour and 58 1/2 minutes of debate remained on the bill. the gentleman from texas, mr. brady has one hour and one minute remaining. the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. neal, has 57
1/2 minutes remaining. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentleman from california, key architect of the tax reform plan and a leader, a champion for new business investment, mr. nunes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for three minutes. mr. nunes: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of h.r. 1, the tax cuts and jobs act. for years the middle class has been saddled with a broken tax code and low wages. small businesses have been crushed by overly complicated rules and a higher tax burden than corporations. as a result, america has suffered from a self-inflicted, uncompetitive tax code, lagging behind the rest of the world both in economic growth and job creation. companies have fled for lower tax jurisdictions and more competitive business environments. since the 1986 tax reform act was passed, washington has continued to make the tax code
longer and more complicated, adding special interest loopholes and industry-specific carveouts back into the code year after year. this has allowed the tax code to dictate business decisions instead of letting businesses dictate business decisions. for the first time in 31 years we're wiping the tax code clean and replacing it with one that is fairer and simpler for everyone. for the better part of my career i've advocated for a cash flow tax system that will allow small businesses to expense 100% of their cost immediately. h.r. 1 contains an expensive provision that will give business the tremendous opportunity to reinvest, allowing them to grow their businesses and create jobs. the impacts for the american economy would be huge. small businesses across rural california, from the small family-owned farm to the neighborhood restaurant and any other entrepreneur deserve a type of tax system that allows them to create jobs and be able to compete on an equal footing
globally. mr. speaker, before i close, i want to say that -- just point out to those in the audiences that are watching this that today you are going to hear a lot how republicans are giving tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires. mr. speaker, that is always what the left says about the republicans. however, you will also hear a lot of talk about people who itemize and salt deductions and how those are somehow increasing taxes on the middle class. the reality of this, mr. speaker, is these deductions go to millionaires and billionaires. so for my friends on the left, you can't have it both ways. you can't claim that republicans are giving tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires when you are attempting to keep the very tax cuts -- tax cuts called salt, state and local tax deductions,
that go to millionaires and billionaires. and with that in closing, i want to take this opportunity to thank chairman brady and the entire -- all my colleagues on the ways and means committee. for years we have been working on this legislation. but mr. speaker, this is a historic moment. congress has the opportunity to positively impact every american by reforming our tax code. so i urge my colleagues to vote yes, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to yield myself four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for four minutes. mr. neal: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, this is a historic moment, but most importantly it's a missed opportunity. we are taking the proposal of the republican party today and the financial architecture of our revenue system based on their request to the casino. their argument is premised on one thing today and one thing only -- maybe.
but what about maybe not? this could have been done between the two parties as we requested and wanted to do. witnesses offered testimony on tax reform. 30 hearings were held. the secretary of the treasury attended most of them, and the two parties found commonality in reaching an accord that was well received by the american people. but what we're being asked to do here today is to raise taxes on 36 million middle-class americans. the previous speaker, my friend from california, a quarter of the households in his district claim the state and local tax deduction with an average of $10,000 per family. $10,000. so they're going to tell you today they're giving you this and they're giving you that and they're giving you this. take a look at the distribution
tables. that's the most certain opportunity for people to examine precisely what is in this legislation. the gentleman earlier this morning was harolds alzheimer's month. they give us an alzheimer's tax during alzheimer's month. for those who stay together with loved ones for as long as they can, they need that deduction that is so important to keeping that family together. this is the same old same old. $1.3 1, tax cuts of trillion all premised on maybe we'll have economic growth. remember the argument that tax cuts pay for themselves. well, today they call it dynamic scoring. so now we're being asked, again, to premise the argument on maybe there will be enough growth to generate some return on revenue. so in 2003, another $1.3 trillion in terms of a tax cut was offered with no or slow
economic growth. and the grand daddy -- granddaddy of them all, in 2005, how about repatriation? foreign earnings were brought back at 5 1/4% all based on the add there was going to be widespread, broad based hiring. and what did we discover in the aftermath of that? almost 20,000 layoffs in the weeks after it. the money was used for broad stock buybacks and dividends with no employment gains across the country. they keep tell us, you're going to get 3%, 4%, 4%, 5%, and the president says 6% growth. i want to find that economist that says 6% growth. morris projections are we are being asked here today to participate in the following -- because this is the context of the argument this morning. they are borrowing $2.3
trillion over 10 years for the purpose of giving a tax cut to people at the very top of our economic system. we should be investing in human capital, community colleges, vocational education, internship programs and aligning the american people with the skillsets that are necessary, as the department of labor reported this week, for the six million jobs that are available. that's the most gainful way to do long-term investment, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time is reserved. the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: i would note a family of four in massachusetts' first district will see a tax cut of nearly $2,000 under this bill. i'm proud to yield three minutes to one of our key leaders on ways and means who's really all in on growth and savings for america, the gentlelady from kansas, ms. jenkins. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from kansas is recognized for three minutes. ms. jenkins: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r.
1, the tax cuts and scrobs act. as a c.p.a. and a member of the house ways and means committee, reforming our tax code has been a priority of mine during my entire service here in congress. our current tax code's broken, and i've heard from thousands of kansans in my district who are frustrated with the status quo. this legislation will not only reform our broken tax code but it will permanently lower rates for hardworking individuals, families and businesses, retaining or expanding many popular provisions such as the dependant care system. it also includes strong safeguards that keeps the wealthy from gaming the system in an effort to pay less than their fair share. on average, this legislation will help provide tax relief for all income groups across the board. if you don't believe me, read the analysis from the tax
foundation, joint committee on taxation. they agree. and while individuals and families receive a much-needed tax break, they will also notice that their wages are going up and more jobs are being created. just the other day, at&t announced they will be making a substantial investment in the united states once we enact tax reform. folks are tired of the status quo. they're tired of a tax code that is confusing and once figured out you realize it actually penalizes hardworking success. the tax cuts and jobs act accomplishes our goals of ensuring that rates are cut for lower and middle-income americans. simplifying the tax system and expanding american competition within the global economy. this is a rare opportunity to enact the kind of legislation that our constituents need and deserve to grow the economy and put more money in the pockets
of hardworking kansans. with that i yield back the balance of my time and thank the chairman and the entire committee for their good work on this important legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to yield two minutes to the gentleman from michigan who has a long and distinguished history in this congress and as a member of the ways and means ommittee, mr. levin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for two minutes. mr. levin: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. levin: thank you, mr. neal, for all your work. the republican tax bill is built on massive deception. a the de-- the deception is, as the speaker put it, quote, the focus is on the focus is on middle class tax relief. that is simply not true. as a nonpartisan joint committee on taxation said, roughly one out of every four americans with income between
$50,000 and $100,000 would pay higher taxes, higher taxes in 023. far overshadowing the $1,000 for other families. $1 19, those earning over million will get an average tax cut of $73,000. last-minute ied in desperation, the wealthiest would receive 90% of the new tax break for so-called pass-through income. another $1 million deception is that tax themselves.or on this some people may have been in the past fooled once. fewer twice. but themselves. on this none thrice. a further deception is exploding the national debt to $1.7 trillion will disappear and promotes growth. not only is this a 180 degree republican turn, but it
threatens medicare and other critical programs and will worsen thes vast inequalities in income in wealth in america. it is said that necessaryity is the mother of invention. in this case, republican political necessaryity is the mother of desperation and deception. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: i would note a family of four, average family in michigan's ninth district will receive a tax cut of over $1,700. i'm pleased to yield two minutes to one of our key leaders, the ways and means member, who serves on tax policy committee, mr. holding. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for two minutes. mr. holding: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i am proud to be here today to support this historic bill that will put our economy back on the path to stable and sustained growth.
this bill finally levels the playing field and restores the global competitiveness of american businesses by moving to a territorial system. this key aspect of our bill removes the punitive barriers of the current worldwide system and allows companies to overseas profits in america without fear of getting hit with an excess i have tax burden. this important change ensures that america remains the overse in america without fear of best place to start, grow, or invest in a business. as companies begin to see the benefits of this new territorial system, i look forward to continue to work with the chairman to explore ways to move towards a residency based taxation system to ensure that american citizens have a level playing field around the globe as well. i have heard from companies, american companies that say as they expand their operations overseas, the tax code has made it prohibitive for them to hire americans for these jobs. in fact our current system of
citizenship based taxation makes americans nearly 40% more expensive to employ overseas than their foreign counterparts. i thank the chairman very much for his understanding of this issue and look forward to our continued work to ensure that talent not tax burden is driving factor in hiring decisions of multinational companies. thank you again, mr. speaker. i'm proud to support this bill. i look forward to it growing the economy and ensuring businesses of all sizes have the capital necessary to higher -- hire more employees, give americans the raise they deserve. with that i yield. mr. brady: i want to thank you for your leadership on this issue. in tech on international competitiveness for our workers. the residence based taxation is an idea we should continue to explore, we'll continue to work on this issue with you as leadership. back. at i yield the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: thank you, mr.
speaker. with that i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from georgia, mr. lewis, who has the professional and personal steam of every member of this institution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for two minutes. mr. lewis: mr. speaker, 30 years ago i was elected to fight for and serve the people in my district. today they are calling and begging for us to slow down and do this the right way. their hearts of heart the public knows the safety net will be used to pay for this reckless corporate tax cut. taxpayers know that this will destroy the hopes and dreams of too many. and rob the poor and especially poor peter to pay wealthy paul.
that's not right. that's not fair. that's not just. you see, mr. speaker, can you not hide the truth from the sick, the elderly, disabled for whom this bill may mean life or death. you cannot hide the truth from the middle class, working, and immigrant families who need every penny to make ends meet. you cannot hide the truth from teachers who try to lend a helping hand to students who truggle to get an education. and i for one refuse to hide the truth about this bill's attack on the separation of church and state. mr. speaker, as we have been our constitutional duty and sacrifice our moral authority, i fear that history will not be kind to any of us. in another time and of another period, members of congress
came together in a bipartisan fashion. they met, debated, and passed a tax bill that served the best interests of all people not just the select few. they put their time, they did it right. and we should be doing it right. today the record must reflect the truth. h.r. 1 steals from our veterans, seniors, children, and for generations yet unborn. all taxpayers exspect demand, and deserve better, much better than legislation that puts politics. this bill is a shame and disgrace. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. he gentleman from texas. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to report that the average family of four in the fifth district of georgia will see a tax cut of $1,484. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to report that the with that i'm pleased to yield four minutes to one of the new members of the ways and means committee, who has been a leader for families and small
businesses in the industry, the gentleman from michigan, mr. bishop. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for four minutes. mr. bishop: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the chairman for yielding and for his steadfast leadership and giving me the opportunity to be a part of this incredible opportunity on behalf of this great country. you see, tax reform is about giving hardworking americans of all walks of life the confidence they need to make their dreams a reality. so the question that needs to be asked is whether or not the current tax code in all of its targeted tax credits really increase people's paychecks. does it treat people fairly? does it put american workers first? what about fostering economic growth? does it help create more good-paying jobs? and on that subject, i think michigan is a great case studdy. my home state of michigan. you see i'm from the motor city where we're known for our blue collar work ethic. our families come from all -- humble beginnings. they get up every morning and go to work to make ends meet. to build a better life for
their family and kids. and we persevere through some retty serious economic death spirals i must say. very serious. 2008 as efer back to an example. more than 8,000 people left our state. just think about that. we're the only state in the union to lose population. and more would have left had they lost 2008 as an example. more -- had they had a chance to sell their homes. at the time i was a senate majority leader under the last administration. overseeing the only republican branch of government. i saw firsthand how the administration pursued targeted tax credits, one after the other, that favored one industry over the other. it was a classic example of government picking winners over losers. and as expected it failed miserably. as we see at the federal level today, in michigan these targeted tax benefits were paid for by everyone else in the form of tax increases.
to attract it fail growth and emerging sectors as they hoped, but it caused our economy to go into a tailspin. a very serious tailspin. michigan quickly became the only state in the country experiencing zero economic growth. per capita income fell for the first time and it was one of just hest to begin with a few later it was the lowest. by 2009 unemployment hit a record high of 15%. neighboring states that had more hospitable environments for job growth attracted our families and neighbors. as i said, we're the only state the union to lose population. but as senate majority leader at that time, the only republican branch of government, we didn't just say no to the government's failed policies. we offered solutions and loaded up the pipeline with legislation to help the newly elected republican legislature and governor to get the job done. what did we do? we did what we're doing here today. started with tax reform. while balancing budgets we found ways to lower rates on individuals, baseline rates for
job creators, eliminate tax credits that favoreded certain industries over others. michigan created an firmente that grew the economy and-created an environment that grew the economy. two months after these reforms happened, job growth turned positive again in michigan. today in michigan, we're top 10 pro-business state, ranked 12 among all states in overall business climate. unemployment is the lowest it's been in my home district at 3.3% in livingston county. detroit is re-emerging begin gwen as an economic powerhouse. the streets are alive with entrepreneurs and young people. finally living down tfpblet the future looks great for the comeback city. the moral of the story is tax reform. but it's not just about tax cuts. it's about real reform to a bloken system of the getting tax reform done right means delivering real relief. i have seen it firsthand in michigan. i know it can happen at the national level. it's not rocket science. it's about giving people back more of what's rightfully there. freeing up more capital to create more jobs. increase wages and compete at the global level.
this is how you grow and economy from the ground up. let's vote for our constituents today. do it for the middle income family of four. or the struggling mom. let's pass this bill today. it's been 31 years. it's time for relief. it's long overdue. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: thank you, mr. speaker. under the republican tax bill, 5p 0,000 -- 3570,000 of michigan households will see a tax hike w thade' like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from california, a thoughtful member of the ways and means whose admonitions to all of us we should rally around. mr. thompson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. thompson: i rise in opposition to this reckless and all of us fiscally irresponsible bill that will add $2.3 trillion to our national debt. there is a reason why airports, universities, the fraternal order of police, home builders, and veterans groups are opposed to this bill. it's because it will increase taxes on tens of millions of middle class families.
that's according to the joint committee on taxation. one of the most heartless provisions would make it harder for middle class families to rebuild after disaster. when you vote today, you're telling the survivors of the california fire that you don't care about them or about the middle class families in your district who one day may face a tornado or hurricane. all to save a few dollars so that we can give a tax break to corporations. we have a chance today to reject this bill. to come together. hold hearings and hear from experts. something that wasn't done when the republicans wrote this bill. we can take ideas from both sides of the aisle and write a tax bill that helps middle class working families. let's reject this bill and work on real tax reform that will not raise taxes on the middle class and won't add $2.3 rillion, that's with a t, $2.3
trillion to our national debt. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased that the average family of four in the california's fifth district ill see a tax cut of $2,300. i'm pleased to yield four minutes -- excuse me, four minutes to the gentleman from florida, who has been an advocate not only for floridians but puerto rico and a number of our families around the country. mr. curbelo. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for four minutes. mr. curbelo: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of h.r. 1, the tax cuts and jobs act. this crucial legislation before us today marks the first time in 31 years congress has considered a major overhaul to the current tax code that is overly cumbersome, wildly
outdated, and riddled with special interest loopholes. mr. speaker, it's obvious there is a great deal of frustration and anxiety in our country. i truly believe it's due to the fact the economic recovery has not reached every household. throughout south florida i hear from families and small businesses who are worried about saving for their kids' college or making payroll. while the stock market is humming and unemployment is low, wages have been stagnant and the so-called recovery has left way too many people behind. that's why this bill is so important. this legislation will collapse and lower current tax rates to ensure a typical middle income family in south florida will receive about $1,500 in tax relief. for married couples, it doubles the standard deduction from $12,000 to $24,000, drastically simply filing the process of filing taxes each year for over 90% of americans while allowing taxpayers to keep more of their
hard-earned money. the bill also expands the child tax credit for $1,000 to $1,600 per child, the benefit that ll be seen by 43,768 taxpayers in florida's 26th district. and we're also making it easier to save for college by expanding 529 plans to cover more expenses, including apprenticeship programs. this will help alleviate the cost of raising a family. this bill gives american companies of all sizes especially our small enterprises and entrepreneurs a chance to compete and win in the new globalized economy. by providing businesses with lower tax rates, we will make it easier for our job creators to invest here at home and increase paychecks for american workers. mr. speaker, as a proud member of the ways and means committee, i commend chairman brady, his staff and the members of this house who will
soon support this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure we provide all americans, especially the most vulnerable, the opportunity to find their economic success. and with that, mr. speaker, i request to engage in a colloquy with the chairman of the ways and means committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for urposes of a colloquy. mr. curbelo: i want to thank you for helping our citizens in puerto rico. after the devastating effects of hurricanes maria and irma, we had a tax relief package targeted to get people back on their feet. and while it will take at least months for the island to fully recover, we are providing even more assistance to puerto rico with the legislation being considered today. i want to thank you for helping
to be nd the cover $13 paid back to the treasuries of puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands through 2023. i'm grateful under this bill companies operating in puerto rico can deduct income attributable to income retroactively for the year 2017. moving forward, i'm hopeful we can find creative solutions to better target the child tax credit to serve more puerto rico families and study the expanded use of the earned income tax credit for the commonwealth. in addition, i look forward to continuing to work on solutions to ensure the businesses operating on the island have the certainty they need in terms of tax planning to hire more workers and strengthening puerto rico's economy. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: 22,000 constituents
for the gentleman from miami will eventually face the alzheimer's tax increase that's included in this legislation. with that i want to yield two minutes to the gentleman from connecticut, a neighbor, very thoughtful member of the ways and means committee, really nice guy, mr. larson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from connecticut is recognized for two minutes. mr. larson: mr. speaker, before i begin, i of see unanimous consent to submit the following letters -- before i begin, i seek unanimous consent to submit the following letters. from the commissioner of revenue services in the state of connecticut who has detailed out the impact of this tax on connecticut residents. second, i like to also insert for the record 20-plus letters from across a section of constituents who are directly and adversely impacted by this tax increase. i'd also like to submit a transcript of an interview with
our esteemed chairman kevin prisbella that appeared on "morning joe." also for the record, i'd like to submit a letter from the aarp who is in opposition to this bill. mr. astly, for the record, speaker, a letter from the congressional budget office which details out the other shoe to fall in this legislation. thank you. so let me begin by preempting our distinguished chairman and for the record stating that a middle-class family in the state of connecticut from west hartford with a combined income of $125,000 with a mortgage and a kid in college, according to the joint committee on tax and to the department of revenue
services in the state of connecticut will see a tax increase of $767 next year. and then with the clever clawback provision, that grover norquist kind of provision that gives with one hand and takes away with the other, in 2023, that hardworking family in the ddle class will see a $1,667 increase. so why are we here? well, it's pretty easy to figure out this. i mean, these are honorable people but sometimes they're called upon to do a political task, or as mr. collins put it, my donors are basically saying, get it done or don't ever call me again. speaking of new york, my colleagues in new york and new jersey, because we're donor states and because we make itemized deductions, find ourselves in a situation where we're paying double taxation. don't take our word for it. just ask a member of your own
caucus. ask peter king who describes this as the most massive redistribution of wealth at the expense of teachers and machinists and people who are of the professional class who you have found that you want to tax their success. but what adds insult to injury, above all else, aside from being a donor state and double taxation is the cruelest cut. you know, we take a pledge of allegiance, we pledge -- pledge allegiance and some pledge allegiance to grover norquist to shrink social security and medicare so small you can drown it in the bathtub. and that's what this does. a $25 billion -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. members are advised to direct their comments to the chair. the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. yielding myself 30 seconds i
would note that families in connecticut's first district will see an average tax cut of $3,858 and grow jobs by 11,000 jobs. mr. larson: if the gentleman will yield? mr. brady: mr. curbelo, and residents commissioner gonzalez-colon have been -- i appreciate the hard work you've done to help our fellow citizens on the island. i agree, this tax reform bill is a good first step and i look forward to working with you on ideas to best serve the people on this island. thank you, mr. chairman. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time is reserved. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to yield two minutes to one of the most thoughtful members of congress and a leader in the field of renewable energy, my friend from oregon, mr. blumenauer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized for two minutes. mr. blumenauer: mr. speaker, i would ask unanimous consent to enter into the record a letter from 17 environmental organizations opposing this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. blumenauer: thank you, mr.
speaker. donald trump is going to be on capitol hill rallying republicans to vote for his tax bill. perfectly designed for his benefit. eliminating the alternative minimum tax, one of the few ways he pays any tax at all. abolishing the inheritance tax, allowing him to pass on tax-free hundreds of millions of dollars to his family. expanding access to the lower pass-through tax rates for many large and profitable businesses. donald trump lists hundreds of pass-through entities on his financial forms. donald trump is the king of debt, and this monstrosity of a tax bill is fueled by increasing the national debt $2.3 trillion. cutting taxes for the wealthy, financed by increased debt burden on our children and grandchildren and, of course, details are starting to leak out, special deals for baseball teams, breaking a bipartisan commitment to the wind energy industry is already causing their stock prices to fall,
jeopardizing billions of dollars of projects and putting tens of thousands of jobs at risk. with the only retroactive provision in the bill, breaking a bipartisan commitment that many of us worked on with the energy industry. the republican proposal taxes -- showers riches on the wealthiest americans and most profitable corporations who are not going to create jobs and raise wages. what they're going to do is buy things and make more money. what is going to happen is that in the years ahead, taxes are going to raise for millions of americans and even more in the future. now, this tax perhaps has the most cruel element, what i call the alzheimer's tax. repealing the medical expense deduction used by over nine million middle-class americans ho saved almost $90 billion in
2015, gone. this stunning action places additional burdens on many elderly and vulnerable middle-income americans trying to plan ahead for the crushing financial burden dealing with alzheimer's. we never had a hearing on anything like this. it wouldn't stand the light of day. the american public will be cranky about this. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to report families -- four average family in the gentleman's district will see a tax cut of $2,200. i'm pleased to yield one minute to a dear friend of mine and the chairman of the financial services committee, the gentleman from texas, mr. hensarling. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. hensarling: mr. speaker, for almost a decade, americans suffered under obamanomics. their savings remained disamated, their paychecks
stagnant but a new day has dawned under the leadership of president trump and speaker ryan and chairman brady. flatter the edge of a three e, one built for percent-plus of growth. this brings jobs and capital back to america. it simplifies from 75,000 pages to 500, where americans can fill out their return on a postcard. they can imagine a tax code swept of all the special interest loopholes. they can imagine a tax code creating lower rates for working americans and small businesses, and they can now imagine a tax code that's all about economic growth. and all my friends on the other side of the aisle can offer is the politics, of division, envy and class warfare. i'm proud to support the tax cuts and jobs act because it's
all about better jobs, fairer taxes and bigger paychecks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. both sides have 44 minutes remaining in this debate. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: thank you, mr. speaker. 17,000 people in mr. hensarling's district will now pay higher interest on their student loan deductions. with that i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from wisconsin, great advocate of the heartland of america, mr. kind. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for two minutes. mr. kind: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, of all the policy changes that are being recommended in this legislation before us today, the one that scarce me -- scares me the most is the repeal of the so-called johnson amendment. the johnson amendment basically says if you are a religious organization or nonprofit and if you engage in partisan political activity you lose your tax-exempt status. repealing that has the potential of politicizing the pulpit nationwide. in fact, 103 religious organizations, 4,200 faith-based leaders in this country, 5,500 nonprofits have
written a letter to every member of congress telling us don't do this. mr. speaker, i'd ask unanimous consent to have these letters inserted in the record at this time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. kind: mr. speaker, when i go to my church, south beaver creek lutheran church in rural western wisconsin by our family farm, i view that place as a sanctuary for my soul. place for us to congregate and commune, spend time in fellowship with our fellow neighbors, check up on one another. yes, preach values, preach moral lessons to our children, absolutely. but by repealing the johnson amendment, you have the potential of creating conflict in the pews. you could be creating republican and democratic churches and mosques and synagogues overnight. this is one of the last refuges that we still have as a country. given how we're self-segregating and deciding what clubs we join, what people we want to associate, even our own family members because of
political affiliation, our places of worship, one of the last places we can come regardless of political affiliation. this will create unnecessary strive and unnecessary conflict. it has the potential of driving young people away from organized religion because they won't put up with this. and it could be a back door attempt for a lot of political contributors now to get tax-exempt contributions to these organizations for direct partisan political campaigns. that's why the joint committee on taxation viewed this as a cost of over $2 billion. i ask my colleagues to reconsider and reject this and let's prevent that conflict in our communities. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to announce that the families of four average in the third district of wisconsin will see a tax cut of over $2,000. really honored to yield one minute to the chairman of the small business committee and the champion for small business, the gentleman from ohio, mr. chabot. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized for one minute. mr. chabot: thank you.
i rise in support of h.r. 1, the tax cuts and jobs act. as a result of this bill, ohio families will keep more of what they earn, and additionally, it will create tens of thousands of jobs in ohio and tens of thousands of jobs in other states all across the country. as chairman of the house small business committee, i want to make sure that the tax code works for our nation's job creators so we can create jobs, not against them. small businesses are getting killed by the existing tax code. this tax code will bring rates own from approximately 40% for owners down to in many cases at that%. -- 25%. in a lot of cases 9%. from 40% down to 9%. that's going to mean small businesses can keep that money, invest, create more owners down in many cases at that% jobs for more americans. the naysayers around here obviously can't say enough bad about this bill, but it's going
to be good for america. i urge my colleagues to support t the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: one third of the gentleman's constituents claim the state and local tax deduction totaling $11.684 per family. with that i yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from patterson, new jersey, -- pa iison, new jersey, great -- paterson, new jersey, the great gentleman mr. pascrell. mr. pascrell: i'd like to enter two things into the record with your permission. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pascrell: one is a letter from the pra ternal -- raternal order of police coming out against this bill because it la effect their members in a very, very -- it will affect their members a very, very terrible way. article in "the new york times" today. the speaker pro tempore: the chair would advise both sides
for the record to limit the editorial content. or risk being charged for the time. the gentleman is recognized. mr. pascrell: if it wasn't bad enough, mr. speaker, i come over on this side for reason, i got many brothers and sisters who i love here. but this is a terrible bill. unanimous consent here. the real price of this bill is idden. $30 billion in interest on the debt every year. who pays this? if $30 billion in interest it were taxes that people have to pay today and our children and our grandchildren, beyond that the real price of this bill is further hidden. temporary family flexibility credit expires after five years. temporary exclusion for independent care costs expires after five years. some have estimated that if
republicans make these provisions permanent, as they claim will happen in future congresses, the cost of the bill will increase to over $400 billion. the senate bill cuts off relief for families in seven years. they are hiding over $500 billion in costs. i'm particularly interested in the salt exclusion as a deduction. folks in new jersey, california, maryland, new york, connecticut, etc., etc. they are going to be paying the costs of this deduction being removed. you can't make this up. in fact, you increase -- increase mostly comes from eliminating the folks in state and local tax deduction for individuals but corporations can continue to deduct their state and local taxes. you can't, mr. and mrs. america. i hear you.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. walker: thank you, mr. speaker. today it's not just about tax reform. today is also about what we fundamentally believe as a nation. today we say working class families not the government are best equipped to make financial decisions. did we hear anything from our democrat friends for nearly eight years about lowering taxes on middle and lower income? we did not. now for the first time since 1986, we're going to overhaul our broken tax code. here's what it means for families in north carolina. middle income families will see more than $2,300 increase in their take-home pay. the tax cuts in jobs acts means more than 30,000 new jobs in north carolina. i am encouraged our senate colleagues have decided to include the obamacare mandate repeal and
would urge our house conference to consider as well. last, i would like to thank chairman brady. there is no greater servant man would in the united states house. thank you to his work, his team, today we keep our promise. it's time to move forward. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: with that i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentleman from texas, a thoughtful member of the ways and means committee, mr. doggett. so -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for three minutes. mr. doggett: mr. speaker, the romise of tax reform has degenerated into little more than a scam to aid tax dodgers. while public attention is diverted to scandal in alabama, through ns are rushing this sham through this sham of a bill developed in the dark with lobbyists efore most americans realize what's about to hit them in the face. instead of more jobs at home, republicans create a giant new gaping loophole to ship ever more jobs abroad. even speaker ryan's home state
republican senator, ron johnson, concedes that under this bill, quote, there will be a real incentive to keep manufacturing overseas. a surprise since -- hardly a surprise since president trump's wall streeter designated to run this show has just been identified personally from leaked bermudian documents ne but 22 different island tax paradise shell companies. meanwhile, another loophole, carried interest that flows to pluto contracts like that's part of the $65 billion
cut out of tax incentives by republicans in this bill. they are totally dependent upon alternative facts. but today's bill even authorized those who want to pay absolutely zero in tax that they can do it by abolishing the alternative minimum tax. that one change that they make in one year would have put $31 million in donald trump's pocket. so you can certainly understand why he's coming to the capitol today just to say thank you, thank you for the billion dollars plus that is estimated to go to the trump family under this bill. when does my tax refund get here, he must be saying? of course we don't know precisely how much donald trump is enriched because these republicans keep colluding to hide his tax returns. republicans want to apply a dynamic score to this bill. i say, create a dynamic work force. invest in people.
don't overwhelm us with endless debt. develop a more competitive, healthy work force that empowers our dreamers and other immigrants, that gives every american access to education, skill upgrades to achieve their full god given potential. as they deny one middle class deduction after another and impose this new alzheimer's tax, republicans claim that they have a patented tax miracle cure for most everything but baldness. what we have seen this traveling trickle-down medicine -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for an additional 15 seconds. mr. doggett: we have seen this trickle-down medicine sideshow b it didn't work thefpblet it won't work now. all they are doing is grabbing for a political life preserver after 10 months of republican failures. this isn't tax reform. it's a giant giveaway to washington special interest that must be stopped. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities
toward the president. the gentleman from texas. the speaker pro tempore: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. duncan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for one minute. mr. duncan: thank you, mr. speaker. my late father was the ranking republican on the house ways and means committee when the last major tax reform was passed in 1986. i know personally how difficult it was then to bring all the competing interests together. everything looks easy from a distance. everyone in this congress would ather slightly different tax bill if given chance. we can't have 535 different tax bills. probably even chairman brady would change some things if he had complete control over t i ould favor some slight differences, but this is a great bill overall for middle income people. we need to do more in the future to cut spending, differences, but this though, along with it. kevin brady is the right man at the right time, and i think he has done a masterful job in bringing this bill to the floor. no other bill will do more to help keep jobs in this country.
no other bill we could pass in this congress will do more to help more people than this one will. i urge its passage. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, whose knowledge of new markets tax credits is second to none. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized for two minutes. mr. davis: thank you, mr. chairman. i ask unanimous consent to submit for the record two letters, one from the national education association, and one from the american council on education. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. the republican tax bill is a dangerous bill that raises taxes on 36 million middle class households. takes health care from tens of millions of americans. skyrockets the cost of health insurance for all americans. but especially for those who are sick and have pre-existing conditions.
and directly results in cuts to medicare and safety net spending next year. all to give corporate special interest immediate, permanent, and monumental tax cuts. cut, cut, cut. is all that i have heard this week. cut the safety net. cut service for the needy. cut service for the physically challenged. cut the poor. cut the homeless. cut medicaid. cut education. cut out low-income tax credits. cut out new market tax credit. cut out social services. cut block grants. cut student loans. winter's here. cut the low-income energy assistance program. and if you are -- if you live
in chicago, testimony in the midwest or northeast, without any heat you are subject to catch pneumonia and die. there is no doubt about it. so i can imagine that college president, hospital administrator, managers of programs are wringing their hands wondering what are they going to do? i heard a minister last sunday at one of the churches in my community answer. organize, y, pray, organize. vote, vote. vote against this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i am pleased to honor -- pleased to yield three minutes to the chairman of the oversight subcommittee, the gentleman from florida, mr. buchanan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for three minutes. mr. buchanan: thank you, mr. speaker. i also want to acknowledge our
incredible chairman. his leadership over the last -- i have been here seven years, working this plan forward, it's an exciting time for all of us. i rise today in support of the tax cuts and jobs act. legislation to provide tax relief to middle class families and small business owners across america. as a business man for more than 30 years i have had the opportunity to employ thousands of workers. i have seen firsthand how broken our tax system can be. for many hardworking americans. under this bill, not only will the average family of four receive a tax cut, but small businesses will finally be taxed at a lower rate, help them expand and grow jobs in america. according to the nonpartisan tax foundation, this bill will create one million new jobs and grow the economy by 4%. a growth rate this country hasn't experienced since 2000. it's time to give all americans
a break in terms of their taxes. with passage of this bill, we'll finally have the opportunity to help middle class families and get our economy back on track. i yield back the balance of my time. i urge support for this critical bill to cut taxes and reform our tax system. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: mr. speaker, with that i'd like to yield two minutes to one of the most knowledgeable members of the ways and means committee, mr. higgins. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. higgins: thank you, mr. speaker. this is nothing more than a hit job on middle america to pay for a massive tax cut for corporate america. the only certainty from this charade is slower economic growth, more income and equality, and exploding deficit. when you take away sick people born into illness for whom insurance doesn't provide enough coverage, that is a hit on middle america. when you remove help for people
who are just trying to make college affordable, who are trying to make themselves better, that is a hit on middle america. and when you take away health care for 13 million americans and raise the cost for millions more, because you needed another $300 billion to give more to corporate america, that is a hit on middle america. and when $152,000 people from my community and millions more from new york lose 100 years of protection from state and local taxes, protection worth more than $8,000 per household, that is a hit on my community, that is a hit on new york state, and it is a hit on each and every community in america. . when you feed the rapacious needs of corporate america it's a hit on fundamental awareness and that, mr. speaker, is a hit on all of america.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from north dakota, mr. cramer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north dakota is corrected for one minute. mr. cramer: thank you, mr. speaker. we know that the economic and job creation benefits are key components of the tax cuts and jobs act, making the u.s. globally competitive again, given the much-needed tax cut to american businesses and wage increase to american workers. but mr. speaker, it's really the long overdue benefits of those who are not living in the rich suburbs in washington, d.c., that take center stage for me and my fellow north dakotans. citizens there file claiming the standard deduction. that means the vast majority of my constituents will see their deductions nearly doubled if they do nothing else. and obviously with the doubling of the standard deduction it will likely inspire more north
dakotans to claim this simple deduction. mr. speaker, this huge benefit combined with greater job opportunities and simpler and less expensive filing costs and of course a generous family tax credit will put more money in the pockets and less anxiety in the hearts of middle-class north dakotans. supporting this reform package is easy for me because it's right for north dakota and i thank chairman brady for his outstanding work. mr. neal: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from washington, a very successful business woman in her own right and understands the business economy, ms. delbene. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. ms. del bell: republicans are touting the largest set of -- ms. delbene: republicans are touting the largest set of tax cuts. they're raving it will create jobs even though we know that trickle down economics has never worked and never will. instead of bringing democrats and the public in the process,
they are hurting people who need help the most. this is wrong. tax reform should be about coming together and making choices that reflect our values. yet, under this plan, teachers who buy supplies for their students like pens, pencils and paper, will lose the ability to deduct those costs from their tax returns. but corporations still can deduct supply costs. firefighters will no longer be able to deduct their state and local income or sales taxes, but corporations still can. homeowners will no longer be able to deduct all of their property taxes, but corporations still can. and if workers have to move because their employer is forcing them to relocate their families or lose their jobs, they will no longer be able to deduct their moving expenses, but corporations, even those offshoring jobs, still can. this bill increases taxes on 36 million working families and rips away keefe lifelines that
help people -- keep lifelines that help people like childcare, and blows a $1.5 trillion hole in the deficit and burdens our children and grandchildren with debt, triggering an automatic $25 billion cut to medicare. this bill gives massive permanent tax cuts to corporations but working families will have to live with the temporary scraps thrown at them. bottom line, this bill hurts americans from cradle to retirement, and i urge my colleagues to vote no. i yield back. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield five minutes to a leader of the tax policy subcommittee, mr. kelly. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. kelly: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank chairman brady and all the members of the ways and means staff. you have worked tirelessly in order to bring this bill forward. i can't tell you how excited i am to be here today. mr. larson, he wears a pen
---pin with a picture of john kennedy, one of my favorite presidents of all-time. let me read from a speech president kennedy gave, 1962, gave it in address to the economic club of new york. our true choice is not between tax reduction on the one hand and the avoidance of larger federal deficits on the other. it sin creasingly clear that no matter what party is in power, so long as our national security needs keep rising, an economy, hampered by restrictive tax rates, will never produce enough revenues to balance our budget. just as it will never produce enough jobs or enough profits. only full employment can balance the budget and tax reduction can pave the way to that employment. the purpose of cutting taxes now is not to inoccur a budget deficit but to achieve the more prosperous expanded economy which can bring a budget surplus. keeping that in mind -- and i hear the debate going back and forth and i just encourage all of our members, you are going to have a choice today to take
your voting card and you are going to put it in the voting machine and you can push a green button that says go. putting this nation back on track. making america the greatest economic power in the world. or you can push a red button and say, you know what, just not something i can vote for today because it's just not exactly what i want. next week, 50 million americans will travel because they want to come home, they want to come home for the holidays, they want to come home for thanksgiving. this bill is a thanksgiving bill. this is a jobs bill. because what we're telling corporate america is we want you to come home. we want to make this a more favorable environment for you to live, to work, to succeed because we know the true success in business is only a sustainable business model. so when you tax people with the highest rate in the industrialized world, when you put people at an uncompetitive advantage on the shelf, they can't exist. where do they go? they have to leave home to go
overseas to find that answer. now, i just want to go over some things that are really important. a friend of mine name george abraham who is a basketball coach and we talked about the value of winning. george said to me, you know what, mike, the only position you want to be in is the number one position. i say, really? he says, yes. because anything other than finishing first is you finish with the rest. if you take a survey and "forbes" did, where would you start that business, i said, are you kidding me, it's the united states because of who we are, our greatness. no. there's 22 other countries say people say i'd rather go someplace else than rather do it right here in america. that is incredible when we talk about where we are as a people, where we are as a people, listen to these figures. these are not figures, by the way. this is the tax foundation. cuts for americans at every economic level. reduces by almost $1,200 by
verage size middle family. reduces tax in pennsylvania's third district. grows national g.d.p. by 3.5%. increases american wages by 2.7%. increases after tax income for every taxpayer by 3.8% in the long run. increases after-tax incoming for median families in pennsylvania by over $2,300. and it creates almost 900,000 new american jobs. and it will create in my state of pennsylvania over 36,000 new jobs. so i say this is a jobs bill. this is a revenue raiser for us. this is about bringing people back home. this is about more take-home pay for every hardworking american guy and gal that's out there that gets up every day and gets up to do one thing and that is to protect their families and work in the best
interest of their country. i'm just asking you today to look at this card and know that you have within the power of your vote to unleash the greatest economy in the world. to unshackle it from a tax code that makes it impossible to compete globally. that overregulates it and forces it off-shore and then blames them for leaving. this is a come on back home. this is don't leave home, stay here. we are on your side. we are going to work with you and get there. so i ask my friends on both sides of the aisle, let's do what's right for america. if it's right for america it's right for republicans, it's right for democrats, it's right for independents, it's right for libertarians, it's right for america. this is the right time to do the right thing. my friends, we cannot stay where we are. a stand pat hand is a nonwinning hand. the ability to move forward, the ability to not just participate in a global economy but dominate a global economy and give every single american
the faith and the future and restore the faith that you have in this body that we are doing the best thing in their interest every single day that we come here. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to direct their comments to the chair. the chair will now receive a message. the messenger: mr. speaker, a message from the senate. the secretary: mr. speaker. i have been directed by the senate to inform the house the senate has passed s. 807, an act to provide anti-retaliation protections for antitrust whistleblowers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: i'm delighted to have mr. kelly as he describes sports teams, we've discovered he's a closet patriots fan. with that i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from california whose history in terms of revenue and revenue collection is well-known to the congress, ms. chu for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for two minutes. ms. chu: one thing is clear
about the g.o.p. tax scam. corporate interests get a huge giveaway. they get a wind fall tax break. who pays for it? the middle class. who wins? corporations, billionaires, million aircrafts the trump family. who loses? women, families, seniors, teachers, students. as a form are los angeles community college teacher of 20 -- as a former los angeles community college teacher of 20 years, i can't believe what publicans are doing to students. they eliminate the student loan interest deduction and choose to tax graduate students on money they've never even received by taxing the tuition assistance they get for working for their schools. this bill even pinches students when they are in elementary school by taxing teachers who claim a deduction for the school supplies they pay for out of their own paycheck. one teacher in my area even pays for the ink in her
classroom printer. they didn't ask to be repaid, just to be able to deduct the expense. if corporations get to keep this deduction, why not our teachers? and then if that's not cruel enough, they eliminate the deduction for extraordinary medical expenses for those with alzheimer's and cancer. and this week we learn that republicans plan to pay for these corporate cuts by causing 13 million people to lose their health insurance, a move that will increase premiums by 10% individuals with pre-existing conditions not have life-saving affordable coverage. and republicans eliminate the state and local tax deduction which is used by over six million california households to prevent their hard-earned dollars from being taxed twice. of all the states, california will actually face the largest net tax increase from this bill alone. billion in 2027
california republicans who vote for this bill ought to be ashamed of themselves. and the voters need to hold them accountable. 36 million middle-class families will be stuck holding the bag under this plan. for what? for tax cuts for corporate interests. this is unacceptable. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield three minutes to one of our key members of the ways and means committee, the gentleman from ohio, mr. renacci. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized for three minutes. mr. renacci: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 1, the tax cuts and jobs act. first of all, i want to thank president trump for making this a priority, but i especially want to thank chairman brady for his tireless efforts and leadership in bringing this legislation to the floor today. three decades there was a 24-year-old starting a business in ohio. he borrowed money and started hiring people. as he grew his business, he didn't take a paycheck and kept hiring hardworking middle-class americans. but then as he started looking over things, he couldn't hire
any more because of a tremendous tax bill owed to the federal government. that's what small business entrepreneurs face in today's tax environment. that 24-year-old was me. luckily i was a certified public accountant. i was able to figure out a way to make my business work and grow without our suffocating tax code -- or through our suffocating tax code. unfortunately, most small business owners do not experience a tax code complexities until they get started. they have an idea. they start their idea. and then the government steps in. and they're not c.p.a.'s. my three children were to ask me today if they should risk and start a business, i would be hesitant to push them down that path. which is why i support h.r. 1 which lowers the tax rate for businesses and gives hardworking taxpayers a break. this bill puts more money in their pockets to do with it what is important to them, those hardworking taxpayers, not letting the government take it and waste it. lowering the individual rate
will give americans an opportunity to choose where they want to spend their money instead of banking on a government to spend it for them. on the business side, the harsh reality is that america has become an uncompetitive place to do business. with the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world, it's no surprise that businesses are relocating to countries with better business climates. fortunately, by bringing the rate down to 20%, we can make america one of the most competitive countries in the world to do business. it's hard for u.s. companies to compete with companies in canada where the federal tax rate is 15%, ireland at 12.5% or even the u.k. which will be 17% by 2020. businesses set their prices to be competitive. the u.s. has to set its business rates to compete as well. the high corporate tax rate is not just a wall street problem. it's a main street problem. business entities do not pay taxes. people do. the burpped of the corporate tax rate -- the burden of the
corporate tax rate falls on shareholders, customers and employees. corporations do not pay taxes. we do. this bill helps companies compete and hire more people and give them a more competitive wage. this bill gives individuals more money to spend on what they want, not what the government wants. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support this historic reform so more americans can choose where heir money h.r. 1 and e of yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: i yield two minutes to the gentlelady from alabama. ms. sewell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from alabama is recognized for two minutes. ms. sewell: mr. speaker, i rise today to urge my colleagues to reject this misguided and mean-spirited tax bill that's being rushed through this congress today.
mr. speaker, this republican sham tax bill picks winners and losers. the winners under this tax bill are corporations, wall street fat cats, the 1% of the highest wage earners in america. and the special interests. the losers? the losers are the middle class, working families, students, and the most vulnerable in our societies. our farmers. i'd like to submit for the record, mr. speaker, a letter from the farm union -- the national farm farmers union which objects to this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. sewell: these are the very same people this president promised to ben fifment this is what this bill does for corporate america. it dramatically cuts rates from the largest companies in the world. moving the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%. it creates loopholes for wealthy individuals to characterize their wage income as small business income. so they can pay less taxes. it repeals the alternative minimum tax which captures the tax liabilities for wealthy
individuals. in fact, the only tax return that we have ever seen of mr. trump was his 2005 tax return in which he had to pay $38 million. why? because of a.m.t. this tax bill will also permanently repeal the estate tax which only affects 5,500 households in america. and i can tell you, mr. speaker, none of those households are in my district. in contrast, how will this tax bill impact the middle class? well, mr. speaker, 36 million middle class households will pay more taxes. one in four taxpayers will pay more taxes. and to pay for these corporate tax cuts, this bill will hurt working families. it will eliminate deductions on interest for student loans. it will eliminate medical expense deductions which many, many households use to pay for long-term care needs. it will eliminate the lifetime learning credit. it will also do away with deductions for families that pay for daycare and aging parents.
mr. speaker, this is not comprehensive tax reform. the american people deserve better. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. sewell: please reject this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from indiana, mr. messer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana is recognized for one minute. mr. messer: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you to chairman brady for his leadership. today is a huge victory for working americans. today we take a giant step deliver more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks for working hoosiers. this bill will deliver more job in indiana. and it will give the typical working family a $1,500 tax cut. the trump tax plan also in indiana. and it will give the typical authored to stop $4 billion to $7 billion in refundable child tax credits paid out to illegal immigrants each year. these savings help expand the child tax credit for working
american families by $600 per child. hoosiers get it. no one should get a tax incentive to violate the law. i urge all of my colleagues to support this plan. give give working hoosiers a pay raise. bring back jobs from overseas. and get our economy moving again. i also urge the senate to act and keep their promise to the american people. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to yield to congressman lewis for a unanimous consent request. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. lewis: mr. speaker, i thank mr. neal for yielding. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to submit an article about this bill impact on graduate students in my district into the record. mr. speaker, i further ask unanimous consent to submit letters of opposition from the aclu, baptist joint committee, and americans united for eparation of church and state,
into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. neal: mr. speaker, i would like to yield to the gentleman from kentucky, mr. yarmuth, who is the ranking member of the budget committee and one of the most knowledgeable members of the house. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. for how much time? mr. neal: two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. yarmuth: thank you, mr. speaker. i appreciate my friend yielding time. this was a horror show today. this is a horror show debate ya and process. but it's a disaster for the american people. the bill we're debating today will abandon millions of american families. it showers the wealthy and corporations with massive tax cuts and adds $1.5 trillion to our deficit. the top 1% get this massive payout. in the neighborhood of $500 billion. hardworking families get pocket change. but millions don't even get that. in fact, 36 million middle class families will pay more in taxes because of this bill. my republican colleagues will be taking money out of our
pockets and these pock -- pockets of these families to give tax cuts to the rich. it doesn't stop there. it never does. because this is part of a dangerous three step process that we have seen, unfortunately, far too often. step, republicans in massive tax cuts for the rich glame claiming they'll generate enough growth to pay for themselves. i know the -- my republican colleagues desperately want the american people to believe. this is what will happen. the record is clear it failed in the 80's. it failed in the 2000s. it was an epic failure in kansas. this is about politics not reality for them. which brings us to step two. once these cuts failed to produce the growth that they promise, republicans will shriek about the impending doom of high deficits and debt. they'll quickly move to step three. demanding cuts in vital programs that benefit working families throughout our country. we have seen this act before. as i said before, it is a horror show.
there is a reason why a lot of people are looking at this and saying, this is the great tax scam of 2017. because it is the tax scam of 2017. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. speaker, i am pleased to yield three minutes to one of the key leaders of the ways and means committee, mr. rice. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for three mr. spe minutes. mr. rice: thank you, mr. speaker. the american dream, it's what separates us from the rest of the world. it promise that is with hard work and determination -- it promises that with hard work and determination you can improve your station in life and your children have an opportunity for a bert life than yours. for many in the generation coming of age in the last decade, the american dream has been a little tarnished and just out of reach. the last time we did tax reform was 30 years ago. at that time we were the world's uncontested economic leader. our economic system and tax
code were competitive, but for decades we sat by as the world passed us by. in 1990, the middle class was about 50% of american families. today only 40%. and today the middle class makes just about the same take-home pay as it did in 1990. when we all worry about income disparity and the gulf between the rich and poor in this country, this is the source of the problem. the american middle class is and has not had a raise in 30 years. how could this happen? it has everything to do with a bloated, overregulating and overtaxing federal government. a government that sucks the life out of the economy and forces our companies, innovators, and job creators out of our country to survive. some folks say it doesn't matter that we have the highest business tax rate in the world. that's not why our companies left. they say those jobs aren't
coming back. well, i say the outdated tax code is an anchor around the neck of our businesses, our innovators, and the american middle class. i say the american worker can compete with anyone on a level playing field. if we just get government off their back. since january we have been working to correct that. we made dramatic steps in reducing regulation. you can already see the economic lift. today we undertake a tax cut which will restore economic growth, put more take-home pay in the pockets of hardworking americans, and restore opportunity for a generation of americans. it will bring american jobs back. it will grow our middle class. and finally, after 30 years our middle class will get the pay raise it deserves. if you really wish to grow our economy, you should vote for this bill. if you really wish to give the middle class a pay raise, you should vote for this bill.
if you really wish to reduce income disparity, you should vote for this bill. if you really wish to give hope to americans who have given up and left the work force and reduced crime and addiction in this contry, you should vote for this bill. if you want america to have the economic strength to remain a force of peace and stability in the world, you should vote for this bill. and finally, if you truly believe what thomas jefferson said 240 years ago that all men are created equal and that they are entitled to pursue their own happiness, you should vote for this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair would advise both sides of the time remaining in debate. 26-s 3/4 for the gentleman from texas. and 25-s 1/4 for the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: with that i'd like to the two minutes to
gentleman from new mexico, mr. lujan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new mexico is recognized for two minutes. mr. lujan: this bill put forward by congressional republicans isn't a tax plan, it's a tax scam. republicans are going to borrow money on the backs of working families to give a tax cut to corporations and the top 1%. this will increase taxes on the middle the gentleman from new mexico, mr. this will add to our nation's debt and pass the bill to our children. this republican tax scam hurts seniors and families with long-term medical needs by eliminating the medical expense deduction. the nine million americans and nearly 120,000 people in my home state of new mexico depend upon, destroying the medical expense deduction delivers a staggering blow to new mexico families. listen to this story sent to me by lisa, a constituent from northern new mexico. my husband and i are lifelong native new mexicans who grew up here, went to college here, and opened and operated our two businesses in our home state. we're the proud parents of two wonderful children. new mexico is our home and we're proud to live here,
contribute to our states' economy and realize our commercial of the american dream. like most families today, life isn't always easy. the kids and i have medically complex conditions which require expensive medications and my husband and i struggle with student loan debt. housing and transportation costs. making a good life for our family. we incur $5,000 to $7,000 in out of pocket medical costs each year. without the medical expense deductions i'm not sure we could continue to meet the demands of raising healthy, happy children while keeping our businesses going and growing. for us this deduction is a life line and the thought of losing that life line means we could drown in debt. that's not the american dream. that's a nightmare. this is real and this is personal to people all across the country. let's vote this bill down today and come back. work in a bipartisan fashion. work with our ranking member. and come up with real tax reform that puts american
working families first, mr. speaker. let's do the right thing today and put hardworking families first with our decision today the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i'm pleased yoo-to-yield three minutes to a key leader of the tax policy subcommittee, a fellow texan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for three minutes. >> thank you, mr. chairman. thank you for your leadership on this issue. it's an honor for me to serve on the committee. mr. neugebauer: i rise today in support of h.r. 1, the tax cuts and jobs act. this is a historic opportunity to reject the status quo and provide real tax relief to families, individuals, and businesses in my district. merica's tax code is broken. uncompetitive for american companies and it's unfair to american workers.
the american people deserve a tax code that works for them. not one that works for special interests in washington. they deserve a tax code that rewards their lifetime of hard rk not one that squeezes and depletes their savings. and they deserve a tax code that prioritizes their goals not penalizes their success. the tax cuts in jobs act creates a tax code that is focused on growth, fairness, and a booming economy for everyone. reforms in this bill level the playing field for small businesses in my district in north texas around the d.f.w. airport. giving them an opportunity to grow and hire more people and spend more money in our economy. and allow the hardworking taxpayers that i represent to keep more of their paycheck and increase their family's budget.
i would like to thank the chairman for allowing me to represent the views of my constituents throughout the process of the committee work. and i urge my colleagues to take advantage of this very historic opportunity and vote in favor of the tax cuts and jobs act. i yield my time back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: i'd like to yield three minutes to a very thoughtful member of the ways and means committee, ms. sanchez, for three minutes. ms. sanchez: i rise in opposition of h.r. 1, the g.o.p. tax scam. -- massive corporate tax growth do not guarantee job growth or higher wages. the only thing guaranteed is the $2.3 trillion this scam yazz to the deficit.
democrats are serious about passing comprehensive tax reform that's fair and puts a little more money in the pockets of working americans. this fiasco of a bill is not fair. corporations get a massive 15% tax cut, but what do working families get? they get nickeled and dimed. despite student loan debt surpassing $1 trillion, this bill eliminates the student loan interest deduction which only allows those earning $80,000 or less to claim it in the first place. squarely hurting middle-class americans who are trying to pay off debt, save for a home or buy a new car. teachers will no long are be able to deduct expense -- longer be able to deduct expenses that they purchase with their own money for their classrooms. yet, corporations are able to deduct the same supplies that they purchase. seniors and people with chronic illnesses would no longer be able to deduct some of the cost of their treatment. and at a time when many families are feeling the pressures of affording care for
their children and their aging parents, this money -- this bill takes money right out of their pockets. under this bill, 29 million households would lose the property tax deduction. 80% of middle-class homeowners would lose, compared with just 13% of high-income earners. does that sound fair? finally, the elimination of the state and local income tax deduction disproportionately impacts middle-income families, especially those in california, whose residents would see an overall tax increase of $12.1 billion. the tax code is a reflection of our values. the republicans have clearly chosen who they serve -- the wealthy and corporations -- but i'm concerned about the 36 million americans who will see a tax increase, teachers and their students and people with pre-existing conditions. my colleagues, i urge you to vote no on this disaster of a bill, and, mr. speaker, i would ask unanimous consent to enter into the record two letters,
one by sciu, and one by the afl-cio, both in opposition of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentleman from north carolina and our chief deputy whip, mr. mchenry. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for three minutes. mr. mchenry: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the chair of the ways and means committee for his hard work and his effort, his staff's effort and committee effort. the tax cut and jobs act is a vitally important bill. this will help all americans' lives for the better. the name fits for this bill as well. it truly is a tax cut for american working families and it creates good-paying jobs. the bill is the result of over three years of hard work here in the house of representatives. it's been clear for years that our tax code is broken. we all agree on that. but simply put, it does not work for the vast majority of
the american people. and what we do is simplify the tax code. more americans will be able to take a standard deduction, file on a postcard their tax return. simplifies the process. importantly, it makes us more competitive internationally so we don't lose jobs to overseas companies. that makes us strong as a nation. and at the same time it helps small businesses compete with those large businesses, with those global businesses and make sure our main streets are strong in america. this is a very good bill. it is a very good bill, well-contemplated, and will have a great impact on working families. the bill helps families in my district, in particular. the tax foundation says that average middle-class families in my district in western north carolina are going to see a $2,400 increase in their tax-home pay. that's real money for working americans. it's real money for north carolinaians as well. the bill also helps small
businesses by reducing their tax rates and allowing them to create more good-paying jobs. we need that. small businesses are the lifeblood of western north carolina's communities. we need them strengthened. the same tax foundation study estimates that this bill will create nearly a million new jobs nationwide, including more than 30,000 in north carolina alone. now, there's a great debate in this body about the approach we took on this bill. there's a fundamental disagreement between the two parties here. my colleagues on the left want more power, more expenditures from government and want to take more from the american people in order to pay for that. we believe on the republican side of the aisle that american families should be able to keep more of what they earn, make more decisions for themselves, empower communities, empower small businesses and make us more competitive and make us stronger.
i urge my colleagues to vote for this bill, to send a strong message that we in the house of representatives have a strong tax package for the american people, and i look forward to getting this bill signed into law before christmas. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. neal: mr. speaker, i want to yield the balance of my time to manage the bill to mr. larson. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from connecticut will control the balance of the time which is 20 3/4 minutes. mr. larson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i'd like to recognize the chairman of the democratic caucus, great leader on the ways and means committee , the gentleman from new york, mr. crowley. the speaker pro tempore: for how much time? mr. larson: for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for three minutes. mr. crowley: i thank the gentleman for yielding. thank you for yielding me this time. i have to give it to speaker ryan and to president trump and all of my republican colleagues. i give them their due. announced earlier this year they would cut taxes for corporate special interests.
and today they're following through on that promise. the problem is in order to do it they are raising taxes on middle-class families. and don't take my word for it. listen to them. republicans started this process by saying every american, everyone in america will get a tax cut. now they're saying on average people will get a tax cut. and even that isn't correct. it is time to be honest with the american people. what we have before us today isn't a bill. it is a scam. a scam that will hurt homeowners in irvine, california, in mrs. walters' district. that will hurt lancaster, new york, in chris collins' district. will hurt tom mcarthurary
district. and hurt americans in pete roskam's district. and will hurt middle-class districts in our country, 36 million people to be expect. in inside district, quarter of all whom owners will lose the ability to deduct their taxes. corporate special interests, they can still deduct their taxes under the g.o.p. plan. 20,000 students in queens and the bronx in my district will lose one of the most effective ways to pay down their student loan debt. that's right, republicans are eliminating the ability to deduct the interest on student loan payments. this scam eliminates the assistance for small businesses to hire veterans here at home. but it continues the tax breaks to ship american jobs overseas and, yes, you heard that correctly. republicans and president trump are doling out tax breaks for companies to move overseas but will take away benefits to hire american veterans right here at
home. these aren't the values of my constituents. but apparently they're the values of speaker ryan, president trump and the entire congressional republican caucus. so how did we end up here? it's because the republicans sat down to write this bill, they didn't have the average american in mind. they had their wealthy donors and corporate friends in mind. republicans started tax reform with this question -- how do we get the corporate rate down? democrats would have started with the question -- how do we raise up the middle class? republicans wrote a bill, a tax scam that benefits people who own second and third homes but left behind average american homeowners. they left behind teachers to use their own money to buy school supplies. they left average americans behind because they never had you in mind to begin with. so on behalf of hardworking people -- mr. larson: i yield the gentleman an additional 15
seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 15 seconds. mr. crowley: on behalf of hardworking americans throughout this country, i say vote no on h.r. 1. vote no on h.r. 1%. yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: i thank you, mr. speaker. pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from kansas, mr.estess. -- mr. estes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kansas is recognized for one minute. mr. estes: thank you, chairman brady, for your effort on getting this tax reform done. our uncompetitive tax code has led to slow economic growth in the past decade in america. today we are taking an important step to do that. this bill will help foster economic growth. for more than three decades, families have paid a growing cost for our country's increasingly complex and burdensome tax code that's chalked full of special interest loopholes. this isn't fair. the tax cut and jobs act will simplify the process of filing taxes by doubling the size of standard deduction and remove the need for millions to itemize their deductions and
will provide relief to middle-income working families. this bill also includes many tax reforms for businesses in order to spur economic growth. the bill makes it easier for entrepreneurs to start businesses and to bring down the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%, to be in line with our competitors around the world. this will help spur economic growth by encouraging businesses to move their capital and jobs back to the united states. and will help lower prices for americans who are the ones who ultimately pay for high corporate taxes through higher prices. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from connecticut. mr. larson: thank you, mr. speaker. now i'd like to recognize the gentleman from south carolina, the son of a preacher man and who always speaks truth to power, jim clyburn. the speaker pro tempore: for what amount of time? mr. larson: three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for three minutes. mr. clyburn: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my good friend, mr. larson, for yielding me this time.
mr. speaker, the bill before us today is a wolf in sheep's clothing. republicans can dream, dress it up and call it good names. that will not change the fact that h.r. 1 is a scam that will be perpetrated on america's middle-income families. this bill will make it harder to own a home, raise a family and afford a postsecondary education. it should come to no surprise that president trump wanted to call the bill, quote-unquote, cut, cut, cut. that would have been apropos. the first cut is for him and his family. the second cut is for the wealthy -- his wealthy friends. and the third cut is for large corporations and businesses that ship jobs overseas. h.r. 1 certainly does not cut taxes for middle-income families or small businesses. in fact, it does just the
opposite. h.r. 1, millions of middle-income families will pay more. 500,000 of whom live in south carolina. middle-income families and first-time homeowners who utilize mortgage interest deductions will pay more because the g.o.p. scam lowers the cap, making homeownership more expensive and driving down property taxes for current homeowners. middle-income families with children in college or recent graduates will pay more because the g.o.p. scam eliminates deductions for interest on student loans. this includes 12 million american families, 156,000 of whom are south carolinians. middle-income families struggling to pay costly medical bills will pay more because the g.o.p. scam
shamefully eliminates that deductibility. this includes nine million american families and nearly 100,000 -- 140,000 live in south carolina. middle-income families with children in daycare, nurseries or aging parents will pay more because the g.o.p. scam eliminates the deductions for dependent care assistance. middle-income school teachers will pay more because the g.o.p. scam eliminates their ability to deduct the cost of the supplies they purchase for their classrooms. mr. speaker, h.r. 1 is an attack on middle-income families. it will subject the good people of this country to a second grade recession and raise taxes on 36 million middle-income households. according to the nonpartisan congressional budget office, this g.o.p. tax scam will add $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years and
trigger massive funding cuts across the government next year. . i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield to the gentleman from maryland, dr. harris. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for two minutes. mr. harris: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i wish to engage the chairman from texas in a colloquy. we should be -- not be satisfied with the historically low economic growth rates of the past decade. this tax reform bill that creates jobs, increases paychecks, grows our economy, and increases american competitiveness can help maryland families and businesses. the bill we're considering today has many positive elements that will benefit our country in many kayways. however i am concerned about its impact on some of my constituents in maryland who pay high state and local income taxes. i ask you as the ways and means
chairman to continue to work me to ensure families and job creators in my district will all be helped by this legislation. i yield to the chairman. mr. brady: i want to thank my friend from maryland for yielding. intent of our tax reform bill is to achieve tax relief for individuals at every income level and every state. i agree with the gentleman there are still some areas where we will and can make improvement. the gentleman is willing to help us continue to move this process forward today, i'm happy to commit to working with you to ensure we reach a positive outcome for your constituents to reconcile our difference was the senate. yield back. mr. harris: thank you, mr. chairman. and thank you for agreeing to work with me on this as we move forward. and i urge mr. harris: thank my-dirble' be for this bill today and urge my colleagues to vote for this bill to increase american competitiveness. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from connecticut. mr. larson: i yield one minute
to the lead democrat on the foreign affairs committee, the gentleman from new york, who understands the impact of double taxation from a donor state, eliot engel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. mr. engel: thank you. someone near and dear to me once said that the republican party is the party of rich men and women and the democratic party is the party of working men and women. nothing proves that more than this tax scam today. i have been around here a long time. all the bills i have seen this is one of the worst bills i have ever seen on the floor of this house. it's actually a disaster. it raises taxes on the middle class. on millions of families across america. it adds trillions to the all th this is one of the worst bills i have ever seen on the floor of debt to give tax cuts to america's wealthy families and corporations while stripping credits and deduction from middle class families. whatever happened to the fiscal responsibility of the republican party? this budget ransacks medicare and medicaid of $1.5 trillion and the g.o.p. will use the new deficits to justify further
devastating medicare and medicaid. and finally, it's a terrible disaster for my new york pay tuents who already their fair share of taxes. new york is a donor state. key deductions to pay their fair share of taxes. new york is a donor state. meaning that we pay more to the federal government than what we get in return. this will reduce or eliminate j or eliminating the deductibility of state and local tax, mortgage interest deductions, college debts, student loans, for a high tax state. disaster. scrap disaster. scrap this disaster. go back to the drawing board and write a bill which is fair to the taxpayers. the speaker pro tempore: gentleman from texas. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: i rese balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves his time much the gentleman from connecticut. mr. larson: thank you, mr. speaker. i now recognize for one minute the gentlelady from texas, the voice of houston, sheila jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized for one minute. i thank the e: brady: gentleman. mr. speaker, this is not the
american dream tax plan. this is the american nightmare. a tax scam of the worst proportion. with over 8,000 of my constituents last evening on a teleconference town hall meeting, overwhelmingly they disagree with the tax plan that cuts medicare or medicaid to finance tax cuts. eliminates the mortgage tax deduction so that those who are suffering from hurricane harvey trying to rebuild their lives home cannot, in fact, deduct their mortgage. the same thing with the 200,000 texans who are going to pay more because we're eliminating the deduction for state and local taxes and eliminating deductions for student loans, casualty losses. by the year next year, $25 billion in social security cuts and my seniors on the phone last night asked me about those cuts. they asked me about the medical expenses cuts for seniors. all of that is eliminating. this will be a plan that will
show no growth of the tax policy -- the neutral tax entity said you'll get no growth, no growth in wages. and send jobs overseas in waves. it's a tax scam and it is an american nightmare. vote against this tax scam. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from connecticut. mr. larson: we will reserve as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from connecticut reserves his time. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i yield myself one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. brady: thank you. i note that constituents in the 18th district of texas it, the past speaker, that average family will see a tax cut of nearly $1,000. in texas will grow 81,000 new jobs. and see higher paychecks as a result of this tax reform bill. we're proposing a tax code so fair and simple nine out of 10
americans will be able to file using a simple postcard system. there is a fairness and quality that each american knowing what each other's deductions are because we have exactly the same one. this simplestity, this fairness, these larger paychecks, this is what the tax cut in jobs act is all about. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves his time. he gentleman from connecticut. mr. larson: continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from connecticut continues to reserve. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i'm proud to yield three minutes to the leader of the republican
conference, the gentlelady from washington, kathy mshes -- mcmorris rodgers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from washington is recognized for three minutes. mrs. mcmorris rodgers: thank you very much. big thank you to the chairman for his leadership on this important legislation this morning. i'm proud to rise in support of enacting tax reform, tax relief to millions of americans. we have been waiting a long time. more than 30 years. while everything else has changed over 30 years, our tax code, unfortunately, has only gotten old, outdated, bigger, more complicated. it's become a burden. a burden that we're going to lift. now, there's some defenders of the status quo who think that the tax code is just fine. that's not what the american us here to do, to defend the status quo. we're here to do the big thing. our plan rewrites the tax code to put american families first. including families who have children with disability. for these families who may have
saved for their son our daughter's college tuition, which is no longer needed, our plan carries on the legacy of the able act by allowing them to roll over from a 529 account o a 529-a account, an able account, to pay for things like medical bills or work force development, instead. with this bill we're making it easier for everyone to reach to pay for things like their full potential. we're lifting the tax burden for everyday hardworking americans. an extra $1,182 for middle income families in places like eastern washington could make all the difference between living paycheck to paycheck and saving for retirement or making that car payment. mr. speaker, this is a historic moment. i urge all my colleagues to join me on the right side of history by voting in favor of the tax cuts and jobs act. let's help our hardworking men
and women across this country. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from connecticut. mr. larson: mr. speaker, i recognize the gentlelady from texas for a unanimous consent request. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentleman. i ask unanimous consent to place into the record "the washington post" op-ed the republican tax plan's five worst dangers by secretary ruben dated november 15, 2017. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. pursuant to clause 1-c of rule 19, further consideration of h.r. 1 is postponed. when debate resumes, the time remaining will be 17 minutes for the gentleman from texas, 12 1/2 minutes for the gentleman from connecticut. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule srk the chair declares the