Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) delivered the following remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives today, April 18, 2013, calling for comprehensive pro-growth tax reform to make the nation's tax code fairer, simpler, and more competitive.
"Monday, April 15th, was Tax Day. Our tax code is way too big, way too complicated, way too confusing, and way too costly. Americans spend a combined 6.7 billion hours on their taxes every year, and pay a combined total of $168 billion just to comply with tax rules.
"I've ran a business all my life. -- I know full well the burdensome tax regulation that slows hiring, slows productivity, and slows growth.
"Our tax code is a 70,000-page spider web that is unfairly trapping American workers, American families, and American businesses -- as well as the American economy -- and it's time to set them free.
"Today, April 18th, is Tax Freedom Day. It's time for us to simplify the rules, lower the rates, close the loopholes. A fairer, freer, simpler tax code will allow all taxpayers to save money, let our economy thrive, and allow new jobs to flourish. And in the end, all America wins."