CEI Joins Coalition Letter Urging Comprehensive, Pro-Growth Tax Reform

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Dear Speaker Ryan, Leader McConnell, Secretary Mnuchin, Director Cohn, Chairman Hatch, and Chairman Brady:

On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write to urge passage of comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform in 2017.

In the past 30 years, the tax code has expanded in size and complexity. Today, the code serves well-connected special interests, not hard working American families. After many years of inaction, Congress and the administration have a chance to fix our broken tax system by making it fair, simple and less burdensome.

The first step must be passage of a budget resolution that includes reconciliation instructions for tax reform. Soon after returning from the August recess, Congress should take up and pass a budget that enables passage of a tax reform plan that levels the playing field and unlocks economic growth.

There is broad consensus on the need for tax reform. With the 2018 midterm elections in sight, it is crucial that bold policies keeping the promises made to the American people are realized soon.

Numerous polls have also shown widespread public support for tax reform that lowers rates for all and reforms the code based on the principles of simplicity, fairness, and equity. Americans are frustrated with the rigged system that favors the politically connected and lobbyists at the expense of ordinary Americans.

Tax reform must reduce tax rates for Americans across the board, drastically simplify the code for families and individuals, end the Death Tax, unrig the system to promote a healthy economy and reform the international system of taxation so businesses large and small can compete.

2017 represents an important opportunity to provide financial security to hardworking taxpayers by signing tax reform into law. We applaud the work that each of you have already taken to ensure tax reform is enacted in 2017 and stand ready to continue working with you in the second half of the year.


CFIF, American Commitment, Camaign for Liberty, CCAGW, Frontiers of Freedom, Institute for liberty, ALEC Action
Grover Norquist
President, Americans for Tax Reform

James L. Martin
Founder & Chairman, 60 Plus Association

Christine Harbin
Vice President of External Affairs, Americans for Prosperity

Daniel Schneider
Executive Director, American Conservative Union

Kevin Waterman
Chair, Annapolis Center Right Coalition Meeting (Maryland)

Dan Weber
President, Association of Mature American Citizens

Andrew F. Quinlan
President, Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Chuck Muth
President, Citizen Outreach (Nevada)

Chip Faulkner
Associate Director, Citizens for Limited Taxation (Massachusetts)

David McIntosh
President, Club for Growth

Katie McAuliffe
Executive Director, Digital Liberty

Palmer Schoening
President, Family Business Coalition

Richard Watson
Chairman, Florida Center Right Coalition

Adam Brandon
President, FreedomWorks

Rodolfo E. Milani
Trustee, HACER (Hispanic American Center for Economic Research)

Joseph Bast
CEO, The Heartland Institute

Heather R. Higgins
President and CEO, Independent Women’s Voice

Tom Giovanetti
President, Institute for Policy Innovation

Colin A. Hanna
President, Let Freedom Ring

Brett Healy
President, The MacIver Institute (Wisconsin)

Pem & Ruth Schaeffer
Maine Conservative Activists

Mary Adams
Chair, Maine Center-right Coalition Meeting

Tom Davis
Maine Conservative Activist

Henry Kriegel
President, Montanans for Tax Reform

Tim Jones
Former Speaker, Missouri House of Representatives
State Chair, Missouri Center-Right Coalition

Brandon Arnold
Executive Vice President, National Taxpayers Union

The Honorable William O’Brien
Former Speaker, New Hampshire House of Representatives
Co-chair, New Hampshire Center Right Coalition

Jonathan Small
President, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

Jeff Kropf
Executive Director, Oregon Capitol Watch

Charlie Gerow
President, Quantum Communications (Pennsylvania)

Eli Lehrer
President, R Street Institute

Karen Kerrigan
President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council