Costa Statement on Conference Committee Tax Bill
FRESNO, CA – Today Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement in response to the tax bill reported out of the conference committee:
“Since being elected to Congress, reforming the U.S. tax code to make it fairer, simpler, and incentivize pro-growth investment in America’s economy has been one of my priorities. Our tax plan should not add to our national debt or deficit, and we must ensure that it does not unfairly benefit certain groups while asking other groups to carry a disproportionately high amount of the costs. This type of comprehensive tax reform must be done through a bipartisan, transparent, and deliberative policy process.
"My Republican colleagues did not engage in an open process involving expert testimony or bipartisan negotiations, the results of which are seen in the overall quality of their tax bill and their inability to get a majority of Americans to support it. Yet, regardless of the rushed and partisan course Republicans have taken up to this point, I still take seriously my duty as a member of Congress and as a representative of the San Joaquin Valley. My staff and I will spend this weekend examining the tax bill reported out of the conference committee, paying especially close attention to the legislation’s expected effects on the national debt, America’s middle class, and the Valley’s agriculture system, economy, health care, students, and families.”