To members of the Editorial Board of the Cleveland Plain Dealer,
In your Nov. 12th Editorial, “Stop the GOP Tax Plan Fast Track”, you called on members of the Ohio Congressional Delegation to slow the tax reform process down. In particular, you said there needed to be more debate over the priorities of tax reform, and that the process needed to be more transparent. With these concerns in mind, I thought I might remind the members of the board the process that has led to this moment.
On June 24, 2016, the House GOP members released A Better Way for Tax Reform. This tax policy paper identified the challenges of our current broken tax code and the priorities for a new tax system built for growth. Following this paper, these priorities and principles were repeatedly emphasized, explained and debated in a fully transparent process I have listed below:
- February 26, 2014: W&M Committee Chairman Dave Camp introduced H.R. 1, the Tax Reform Act of 2014.
- June 24, 2016: A Better Way for Tax Reform Introduced
- April 26, 2017: President Trump Releases Set of Tax Principles
- May 18th, 2017: Ways and Means Tax Reform Hearing titled: “How Tax Reform Will Grow Our Economy and Create Jobs”
- May 23, 2017: Ways and Means Tax Reform Hearing titled “Increasing U.S Competitiveness and Preventing American Jobs from Moving Overseas”
- July 27, 2017: Big Six release Statement of Principles
- July 19th, 2017: Ways and Means Tax Reform Hearing titled “How Tax Reform Will Simplify Our Broken Tax Code and Help Individuals and Families”
- July 13th, 2017: Tax Policy Subcommittee Hearing on “How Tax Reform Will Help America’s Small Businesses Grow and Create New Jobs”
- On Sep 21st, 2017: I introduced a resolution H. Res 530 offering 10 principles to build our tax code around.
- Sept 27, 2017: United Framework for Tax reform was unveiled.
- Oct 5, 2017: House-passed budget enabling the house to pass tax reform bill.
- Nov. 2, 2017: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act introduced
- Nov. 6-9, 2017: Ways and Means Committee mark up of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
In your article, you asked for transparency and bipartisanship. In addition to the papers, statements, policy papers, and legislation above, I add this:
- Between January 2011 and September 2017 there have been 41 Tax Reform Hearings open to all members of Congress
- The President has offered his support as well as laid out his priorities numerous times including in Speeches in Missouri, North Dakota, and Indiana.
- I, myself have been part of three bipartisan groups that have visited the white house to discuss the tax reform plan.
Throughout this time, I’ve met with numerous businesses, manufacturers, producers, distributors, and countless families and individuals throughout this process to discuss the ways tax reform will help them. I traveled the state of Ohio to make sure the feedback I have received from the Buckeye state made it into this legislation.