Sep 08 2017
In business, you have to keep your promises. You have a duty to deliver to your stakeholders, employees and customers. You have to turn a profit, make payroll and create reliable goods and services.
As a businessman, I found success by being dependable and making good on my promises. Sadly, in Washington, promises don’t carry the same weight.
This year, we have seen time and again that politics is getting in the way of Congress’ ability to make good on its promises to the American people. Our president has an ambitious agenda and is willing to work with lawmakers to fix our tax code, improve our healthcare system, and rebuild our nation’s crippling infrastructure.
As my colleagues and I return to Washington, we must push politics aside to get these things done.
As a CPA, entrepreneur and member of the Budget and Ways & Means Committees, reforming our tax code has been my number one goal since arriving in Washington. Our tax code is out-of-touch and it is high time we create a 21st century tax system that puts money into the pockets of the American people, grows our economy, and keeps businesses here in the United States.
I am encouraged by President Trump’s enthusiasm on tax reform. As a member of the Budget and Ways and Means Committees, I hope we can sustain that momentum moving forward.
We have to address our failing healthcare system and deliver on our pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The cost of care is too high and premiums keep going up.
More and more Americans are faced with the choice of paying for something they can’t afford or paying a penalty. We cannot ignore the problems Obamacare has inflicted and I am committed to continuing our fight to improve our healthcare system.
One of the most pressing issues we must address this Congress is improving our country’s infrastructure. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we can clearly see the pressing need to invest in our dams, bridges, and roads.