Ivey urges Congress to pass tax reform

December 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced she has joined fellow Republican governors in sending a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urging Congress to pass tax reform legislation.

“President Trump is proposing the largest tax cut for American families and businesses in decades,” Ivey said. “The current tax structure is oppressive to families and businesses alike, and it simply sets us up for failure in today’s global economy. We’ve proven in Alabama, with the lowest unemployment rate in history, lower taxes and less government regulation produces jobs – it’s time Washington joins us in our efforts.”

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Shelby, Strange vote for GOP tax plan

December 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, the U.S. Senate voted along part lines, 51-49, to support their tax reform package known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The legislation is now expected to be conferenced with the U.S. House’s tax reform bill, who passed their own version earlier.

“The Senate today passed legislation to deliver pro-growth tax relief for the American people,”  U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said. “This is a bill that, if signed into law, will positively impact current and future generations by expanding economic opportunities and lowering taxes for the middle-class. Reducing rates and reforming our tax code will not only put more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans, but it will also allow businesses to create jobs and increase wages.”

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Moore promises to support any cut to the federal income, corporate tax rates

December 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senate Candidate Judge Roy Moore announced that he supports President Donald Trump’s effort to pass the largest tax reform package since 1986.

“As your next United States Senator, I will support any cut to the federal income tax on individuals and on corporations,” Moore said. “The federal government has grown too large and we have given bureaucrats and politicians too much power over our economy and our small businesses.”

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Sewell critical of GOP tax reform effort

December 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Selma, was sharply critical of the Republican tax reform package in a recent email to constituents.

“This month, Congress is considering passage of a tax bill that cuts taxes for special interests and the wealthy while eliminating provisions that middle-class families rely on to afford medical expenses, education, their mortgage, and more,” Sewell said. “I fought to fix the tax bill when it came before the Ways and Means Committee, and now I’m fighting to fix it before it passes Congress.”

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US House Passes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

November 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 16, 2017 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by a vote of 227 to 205.  The Tax Cut and Jobs Act is the first major overhaul of our nation’s tax code since 1986.

Congressman Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) released a statement after voting in favor of the bill.

“My colleagues and I took a significant step towards providing American families much needed and meaningful tax relief,” said Palmer. “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowers rates for individuals and families and makes much needed changes designed to spur the type of sustained economic growth that will benefit every American. The American people have been waiting over three decades for this kind of reform and I hope that my colleagues in the Senate will move quickly so that we can reconcile differences and make improvements in order to deliver on the promise of tax reform to the American people.”

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Rogers says Trump, Congress working together to make tax code fairer, simpler

November 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks, said that hard working American families deserve to take home more of their paychecks, and President Donald Trump’s tax plan will make that happen.

“As most folks across East Alabama have seen in the news lately, President Trump and Congress are working together to help make our broken tax code fairer and simpler,” Rogers said. “The House and Senate have both passed the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution which clears the path to start tax reform and it has been quite some time since this has happened.”

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Congresswoman Terri Sewell critical of Republican tax plan

November 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 2, 2017, the Republican leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced their new tax reform plan unveiled The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which they claim will fundamentally reform the tax code for the first time since 1986.  U.S. Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Selma, said that the new plan is a, “Raw deal for Alabama.”

“After months of secret negotiations, it should come as no surprise that the tax plan revealed by Republican leaders today is a raw deal for Alabama and for working families,” Sewell said on social media. “The Republican tax bill will raise costs on families who can least afford it while providing wealthy individuals and special interests a windfall in tax breaks.”

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Roby supports plan to expand the Child Tax Credit

October 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, joined Ivanka Trump and leaders from the House and Senate to promote a plan to expand the child tax credit to help working families.

“Expanding the child tax credit is the right thing to do,” Roby said at a news conference promoting the proposal. “For the people I represent, this can make a big difference. For that mom working a retail job or the dad driving the truck or the parent working two or three jobs so the other one can stay home – having a couple thousand dollars in your pocket is a big deal.  I promise you parents know how to spend that money better than the government does,” Congresswoman Roby said.

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US House passes Budget

October 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter .

Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate amendment to the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution, which contains the framework for the joint House, Senate, and White House tax reform plan.

“By passing this budget today, Congress is one step closer to enacting pro-growth tax reform that will offer much-needed relief to American families,” U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, said. “Our tax reform plan will grow the economy, create jobs here in the United States, and allow hardworking taxpayers to keep more of their money in their pocket. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to deliver on our promise and give the American people the results they deserve.”

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Roby says Senate inaction has frustrated her too

October 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

In 2016, the Republican Party had overwhelming control of the U.S. House of Representatives and a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate. President Barack Obama, however, was able to thwart the Republican Congress. On Nov. 4, 2016, the voters shocked Democrats and their mainstream media allies by electing billionaire businessman and reality TV star, Donald Trump, a Republican, to succeed Barack Obama.

Republicans across the country expected to see a unified Republican-controlled government that would repeal Obamacare, cut taxes, grow the military, downsize the federal government, build a border wall, enforce America’s immigration laws and take in fewer Muslim refugees.

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