Mr. DesJARLAIS. Mr. Speaker, this week, many of my constituents filed tax returns. Unfortunately, their taxes weren't the only thing that they had to pay. Hardworking Americans will spend $168 billion completing their taxes under our country's 4-million-word Tax Code.
America's tax system is broken and simply doesn't meet the needs of the 21st century economy. It is time for a simpler, fairer, flatter code, one that eliminates special interest loopholes to ensure that everyone pays what they owe. But what we don't need is higher taxes.
The government is already poised to take in record revenues this year, yet the President insists on calling for another $1.1 trillion in new taxes. Levying more taxes on families and businesses won't create jobs and won't lead to economic prosperity. Rather, we need to cut spending, balance the budget, and rein in excessive government.
Comprehensive tax reform is something that the American people overwhelmingly support and something that House Republicans remain committed to addressing.