More on Tax Reform
Since its passage in December, major utility companies nationwide have announced plans to pass on savings to their customers due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Recently, El Paso Electric Company (EPE) joined the list, announcing that it will provide a credit to base rates beginning in April 2018 for Texas consumers, pending regulatory approval.
Most folks aren’t accountants, myself included. And if you are not a CPA or a tax code expert, the idea of major tax reform can sound perplexing. Before the New Year, our tax code was four million words long – the same length as the Old and New testaments times five. When previously crisscrossing the 29 counties in the 23rd District of Texas, I consistently heard that our tax code was too confusing and left the average American behind. That’s why I worked with my colleagues in 2017 to create a simpler, fairer tax code, so that hardworking folks get the tax breaks they deserve.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives approved the first major tax reform bill since 1986. In response to the historic tax overhaul, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) released the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC - Following today’s vote on historic tax reform, U. S. Rep. Will Hurd issued the following statement:
“The last time our tax code saw substantial reform was 1986. This is long overdue and the people have called for fairer, simpler tax reform for decades.
WASHINGTON -- Tax reform is front and center in Washington this week, and Congressman Hurd had much to say about the proposed changes to our tax system.
We started by asking him what he thought about adding the element of repealing the Obamacare mandate to the tax reform bill.
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President Trump threw a dinner party at the White House last night. On the guest list were Republicans and Democrats. And on the menu, overhauling the tax code. The president is hoping to win support for his yet to be revealed plan to rewrite tax legislation. This, of course, comes a week after Trump cut a deal with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government into December. And that is the starting point for our conversation with Texas Republican Will Hurd. He's on the line.
Good morning, Congressman.
To House Republicans who don’t like the funding deal President Donald Trump made with Democrats, Rep. Will Hurd has a message: Get yourself together, or quit complaining.
Otherwise, get used to the feeling of watching the Republican president brag about how much he’s getting done with Chuck and Nancy.
U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) took to the road this week for his DC2DQ trek across the state, hosting town hall meetings at nearly every “Texas stop sign,” or Dairy Queen, within his district between El Paso and San Antonio – 20 stops in all.
Though opponents brought signs of their own, protesting everything from his stand on Planned Parenthood to the divisive climate in Washington, D.C., Hurd spoke of the bills he’s sponsored, made promises on tax reform, and answered a blizzard of constituent questions.
The Free Trade Alliance San Antonio and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce hosted a bipartisan forum Friday with Texas congressmen Henry Cuellar (D) and Will Hurd (R) regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), immigration reform, and global trade policy.
Moderated by KLRN’s Rick Casey, the conversation focused on all that is at stake for San Antonio and the state as U.S. President Donald Trump seeks to renegotiate the historic trade agreement he called a “disaster.” The event took place at the Pearl Stable.
An example of bi-partisan support for the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, was on stage Friday at an event hosted by the San Antonio Chamber and Free Trade Alliance San Antonio.
Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Dist. 28) and Congressman Will Hurd (R-Dist. 23) both represent districts that include the Texas-Mexico border.
“NAFTA is important to the San Antonio economy, to the Texas economy, and to the U.S. economy,” Cuellar said in an interview.