Like the annual budget, the tax code is a statement of our values. I believe that our tax code should reflect our values. Our tax code should reflect the American values of fairness and opportunity. It should express not only our priorities for today, but also our priorities for the future. After all, it is our responsibility to future generations to leave this country a little better than we found it.
I am a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means and Chairman of its Subcommittee on Oversight. From these positions, I work hard to ensure that our tax code is fair and equitable. Too many people seem prepared to shift the burden of taxes and government onto hardworking American families and small businesses. I will not stand for that. We are all Americans and we all benefit from her resources so we must all pay our fair share.
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Subcommittee Hearing on the 2014 Tax Filing Season
May 7, 2014
(Remarks as Delivered)
Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this important hearing.
Mr. Commissioner, thank you for joining us today, and congratulations to you and the IRS staff on a successful filing season.
Good morning. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing. I am pleased to welcome the new Internal Revenue Service Commissioner, John Koskinen, to the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee.
Mr. Commissioner, you have a tough job ahead of you, and I want to thank you for accepting this challenge. Please know that many of us want to work with you to address the financing, services, and staffing problems facing the IRS.
WASHINGTON— Rep. John Lewis castigated the direction of a House Republican hearing today which explored the possibility of default on America’s debt instead of simply raising the debt ceiling. The chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Oversight Subcommittee held a hearing examining the government’s ability to prioritize its financial obligations while continuing operations, if the U. S. Treasury should reach its statutory debt limit.
We all should be encouraged that our economy is showing some signs of vitality. The Dow Jones average has been high, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 246,000 private sector jobs have been added in February alone, and jobs have increased every month for three straight years in that sector, totaling 6.35 million jobs. National unemployment fell last month to the lowest point since December 2008. All this is encouraging, but we are not out of the woods yet.
WASHINGTON—Earlier this week, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) announced the formation of a Tax Reform Working group, naming Reps. John Lewis (D-GA), co-chair of the Philanthropy Caucus and ranking member of the W&M Oversight Committee, and Rep. David Reichert (R-WA) to lead the effort. The working groups will be responsible for compiling public commentary from stakeholders, academics and think tanks, practitioners, the general public and House colleagues.
WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Committee Members Reps. John Lewis (D-GA), Pete Stark (D-CA), and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced the Computers for Our Communities Act. This legislation will extend a tax code provision that encourages companies to make donations of computer equipment to public schools and libraries.
WASHINGTON--Long-time peace advocate, Rep. John Lewis scored a victory today by gaining the inclusion of his Cost of War Act H.R. 3088 as an amendment passed en bloc as part of the Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. The Congressman made this statement on the House floor in support of his amendment today:
WASHINGTON –Rep. John Lewis repeated his call for Congress to restore tax fairness for the middle class, beginning with the Buffett Rule. The Buffett Rule ensures that people making over $1 million per year do not pay a lower tax rate than middle-class Americans.
"It is simply unfair to ask middle class Americans to pay a higher tax rate than millionaires and billionaires," said Rep. John Lewis. “People understand the need to sacrifice, but not when they are repeatedly cut to the bone while others are given a break.”