Today, Representative Peter Roskam (IL-06) voted in favor of the Senate-amended GOP budget resolution which passed the House of Representatives, 216-212. The passage of this resolution now clears the way for the Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees to move on tax reform.
In a speech on the House floor, Rep Roskam urged his colleagues to join him in voting for this resolution saying, "This is a prelude to tax reform -- we want to make it so that no single political party is able to deny a vote on tax reform and both parties can come to the table and try to negotiate something that's thoughtful."
Representative Roskam defended the GOP tax plan as a win for middle-income families and small businesses, saying, "It's the current tax code that allows corporations to lock trillions of dollars off shore. It's the current tax code that is stifling and so difficult. And it's the current tax code that nobody can defend."
"Let's dump the current tax code and let's have a transformational moment," said Rep Roskam. "That's what our country, that's what our constituents are yearning for. They're looking for us to lead and to bring people together and that's what we're trying to do," he continued.
Rep Roskam also addressed the heavily-debated State and Local Tax (SALT) deductions, saying, "Tax reform doesn't mean the redistribution of a tax liability from one part of the country to another; it means tax relief for everybody. We're looking to create middle class tax relief."