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Congressional Record – Tax Cuts And Jobs Act (Part 19)

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(This post directly follows the previous post which now focuses on discussion and debate of the new tax bill.)

Mr. BRADY of Texas: Mr. Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

Mr. LARSON of Connecticut: Mr. Speaker, I yield 1 minute to the gentlewoman from Texas (Ms. Jackson Lee), the voice of Houston.

Ms. JACKSON LEE: Mr. Speaker, this is not the American Dream tax plan. This is the American nightmare, a tax scam of the worst proportion. Read more

Congressional Record – Tax Cuts And Jobs Act (Part 18)

Congress, Tax Cuts And Jobs Act

(This post directly follows the previous post which now focuses on discussion and debate of the new tax bill.)

Mr. LARSON of Connecticut: Mr. Speaker, I yield the gentleman from New York an additional 15 seconds.

Mr. CROWLEY: Mr. Speaker, on behalf of hardworking Americans throughout this country, I say, vote “no” on H.R. 1, vote “no” on H.R. 1 percent.

Mr. BRADY of Texas: Mr. Speaker, I yield 1 minute to the gentleman from Kansas (Mr. Estes).

Mr. ESTES of Kansas: Mr. Speaker, I thank Chairman Brady for his efforts to get this tax reform bill done.

Our outdated and uncompetitive Tax Code has led to slow economic growth over the past decade in America. Today, we are taking an important step to fix that. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will reform the Tax Code and help foster economic growth. Read more

Congressional Record – Tax Cuts And Jobs Act (Part 17)

Congress, Tax Cuts And Jobs Act

(This post directly follows the previous post which now focuses on discussion and debate of the new tax bill.)

Mr. BRADY of Texas: Mr. Speaker, I yield 3 minutes to the gentleman from North Carolina (Mr. McHenry), our chief deputy whip.

Mr. McHENRY: Mr. Speaker, I thank the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee for his hard work and effort, his staff’s effort, and his committee members’ effort to put this great bill on the floor today.

The Tax Cuts 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. Read more

Congressional Record – Tax Cuts And Jobs Act (Part 16)

Congressional Record,

(This post directly follows the previous post which asked to oppose the language effectively repealing the Johnson Amendment for houses of worship.)

Ms SANCHEZ: Mr. Speaker, I include in the Record two letters in opposition to this bill, one from SEIU and one from the AFL-CIO. Read more

Congressional Record – Tax Cuts And Jobs Act (Part 15)

Tax Reform, Tax Code, House of Representatives

(This is a direct response to the previous post which asked to oppose the language effectively repealing the Johnson Amendment for houses of worship)

Mr. NEAL: Mr. Speaker, I yield 2 minutes to the gentleman from Kentucky (Mr. Yarmuth), the ranking member of the Budget Committee, and one of the most knowledgeable Members of the House.

Mr. YARMUTH: Mr. Speaker, I appreciate my friend yielding time.Mr. Speaker, this is a horror show today, this is a horror showdebate, and this is a horror show process, but it is a disaster for the American people. Read more

Congressional Record – Tax Cuts And Jobs Act (Part 14)

Congressional Record Part 14

SECTION 5201 EXEMPTS HOUSES OF WORSHIP FROM THE JOHNSON AMENDMENT

Section 5201 allows houses of worship to endorse candidates so long the endorsement is made during a religious service or gathering, is made in the ordinary course of their tax-exempt purpose, and does not incur more than a de minimis incremental expense. This would, in effect, exempt houses of worship from the Johnson Amendment. Read more

Congressional Record – Tax Cuts And Jobs Act 501 (c)(3) Organizations (Part 13)

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Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty,

Washington, DC, November 6, 2017.

Hon. Kevin Brady, Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee, Washington, DC.

Hon. Richard Neal, Ranking Member, House Ways and Means Committee, Washington, DC.

Dear Chairman Brady and Ranking Member Neal:

On behalf of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC), an 81-year-old agency serving 15 Baptist bodies on legal and policy matters relating to religious liberty and the separation of church and state, I write to express strong opposition to Section 5201 of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This provision seriously undermines the independence and integrity of our houses of worship and denominations by creating an exemption to the partisan campaign prohibition that applies equally to all 501(c)(3) organizations. This attempt to encourage certain religious organizations to engage in partisan campaigning is constitutionally problematic following the Supreme Court’s application of the Establishment Clause in Texas Monthly v. Bullock.

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Congressional Record – Tax Cuts And Jobs Act (Part 12)

Congressional Record - Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Part 12

Impact Of GOP Tax Plan On Students (By Jenny C. Bledsoe)

The House GOP tax bill makes graduate school inaccessible for anyone who is not independently wealthy, and it will likely cause current graduate students to drop out of doctoral programs and/or declare bankruptcy.

A single line in the 429-page bill effects this change: 26 U.S. tax code Sec. 117(d) allows students conducting research or teaching for a university (usually Ph.D. students on fellowship) to receive tuition waivers tax free. Any stipends are taxed.

The House “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” however, will repeal this provision, meaning that a Ph.D. student making a stipend of $24,000 will be taxed as if they are making $85,200. This would have been my situation two years ago. During the first three years of Emory’s Ph.D. program, a student currently receives a tuition waiver amounting to $61,200. Once you reach “tuition-paid” status after your third year, the annual tuition is $30,600.

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Congressional Record – Tax Cuts And Jobs Act (Part 11)

Congressional Record - Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Part 11

Mr. BRADY of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I yield 3 minutes to the gentleman from Ohio (Mr. Renacci), one of our key members of the Ways and Means Committee.

Mr. RENACCI. 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 ago, 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 anymore, because of the tremendous tax bill owed to the Federal Government.

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Congressional Record – Tax Cuts And Jobs Act (Part 10)

Congressional Record - Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Part 10

Mr. BRADY of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I yield 1 minute to the gentleman from North Dakota (Mr. Cramer).

Mr. CRAMER. 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, giving much-needed tax cuts to American business, and much-needed wage increases to American workers.

But, Mr. Speaker, it is really the long overdue direct tax benefits to the vast middle class, who don’t have a lobbyist living in the rich suburbs of Washington, D.C., that take center stage for me and my fellow North Dakotans.

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Congressional Record – Tax Cuts And Jobs Act (Part 9)

Congressional Record - Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Part 9

Eliminating SALT Deduction Is A Tax Increase And Will Devastate Education Funding

H.R. 1 would eliminate most of the state and local tax deduction (SALT)–taking money out of the pockets of as many 44 million middle-class families across the nation. While the bill hammers middle-class families on this, it oddly preserves the ability of businesses to deduct state and local taxes–yet another example of how the bill takes from working families to provide tax giveaways to those who are wealthier.

Eliminating any part of the state and local tax deduction could lead to a tax increase on middle class families and have a negative, ripple effect on the ability of states and local communities to fund public services, like education. That could translate into cuts to public schools, lost jobs to educators, and overcrowded classrooms that deprive students of one-on-one attention.

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Congressional Record – Tax Cuts And Jobs Act (Part 8)

Congressional Record - Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Part 8

Announcement By The Speaker Pro Tempore

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Members are advised that editorial content inserted within unanimous consent requests could result in Members’ time being charged.

Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Speaker, if it weren’t bad enough, Mr. Speaker–and I come over to this side for a reason: I have got many brothers and sisters whom I love here–this is a terrible bill.

Unanimous consent here. The real price of this bill is hidden. $30 billion in interest on the debt every year. Who pays this? If it weren’t bad enough, the taxes that people have to pay today, as well as our children and our grandchildren, but beyond that, the real price of this bill is further hidden. The temporary family flexibility credit expires after 5 years. The temporary exclusion for independent care costs expires after 5 years.

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