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3 Percent Withholding Repeal and Job Creation Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. JOHNSON of Illinois. Mr. Speaker, H.R. 674 is an extremely crucial piece of legislation that will permanently repeal the 3 percent withholding requirement on all government contracts. Once before, the tax's implementation date had been extended. H.R. 674 will remove any uncertainty from contractors that this tax would eventually be placed upon them.

During these difficult economic times, this extra tax would limit access to capital, increase operating expenses, and take money out of local economies fortunate enough to have contracts to build infrastructure. That means, not only would businesses be burdened, but whole communities as well, because these local contractors would not be able to hire more local workers. As a result, infrastructure projects would slow, further burdening businesses, communities, and citizens that rely on infrastructure for transportation to work, running water for their families, and interstates to move goods and services.

To further exemplify my support for H.R. 674, of which I am a cosponsor, prior to final passage, I will vote against the Motion to Recommit. This vote will drastically alter the bill and negate any positive affect this bill will have on the American economy.


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