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(Mr. BIGGS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
Mr. BIGGS. Mr. Speaker, we know the Tax Code is excessively
complicated and takes too much money from Americans, thus we overhauled
the United States Tax Code.
Over 30 years ago, President Ronald Reagan signed the last major tax
reform package. To put this in perspective, this was before the world
wide web went live to the public, more than 10 years ago before
“google” was a verb, and visiting a Blockbuster was the best way to
rent a movie. America is vastly different than it was then, yet our Tax
Code has largely stayed the same.
As we bring our Tax Code into the 21st century, we must simplify the
code. The U.S. Tax Code is over 3 million words long, and Americans
spend billions of hours and hundreds of billions of dollars complying
with Federal tax requirements each year. Imagine if that time and money
were spent on innovation and job creation instead. As we work to shrink
taxes and erase the excessive compliance rules, we must also make sure
that the taxes we collect are spent according to constitutional
We must propose a plan that will better serve individuals, families,
and businesses across the country. We must introduce legislation that
lowers taxes, reduces the corporate tax rate, minimizes government
interference in the free market, and eases the overall cost to
taxpayers to fully comply with the system.