Gardner Supports Bill that Paves Way for Tax Relief

Washington, D.C.– Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following the Senate’s passage of the FY18 budget resolution.


The budget resolution is the first step in bringing tax relief to the American people. By voting for the budget, Gardner is making it clear it is time to achieve real results for the American people and bring much-needed tax relief to Coloradans.


“This budget puts us on a path toward fiscal responsibility and paves the way forward to bring tax relief to hardworking Coloradans,” said Gardner. “It’s been over 30 years since Congress has passed major tax reform. Over that time, the tax code has become bloated and full of carve outs for special interests. Colorado families know they’re left with the bill and that they spend too much time working through a tangled mess of rules just to file their taxes.”


As the debate continues on how to bring tax relief to the American people, and bipartisan hearings take place over the next several weeks, Gardner is focused on making sure the final product works for Coloradans.


Gardner continued: “For individuals, relief would mean we can cut into the 6 billion hours and $263 billion Americans spend every year to just file their taxes. For farmers and ranchers, relief would mean ending the unfair death tax. And for workers up and down the income distribution, relief could mean $4,000 to $9,000 more in average household income.


“People across Colorado and the United States feel like they have been left behind over the last several years. Too many Coloradans haven’t seen a meaningful pay increase in a long time. Boosting wages and allowing Coloradans to keep more of their money in their own pockets is exactly what we need. While there are a variety of ways to bring Coloradans tax relief, our goal must be a system where Americans end up with an overall lower tax bill than the status quo provides. We have a real opportunity to provide a simpler code, less hassle, and more businesses hiring more workers and paying higher wages.”


Gardner’s number one priority is to make sure the interests of Coloradans are front and center throughout this debate. His office has launched a new web page and is encouraging Coloradans to go toGardner.Senate.Gov/Taxes to provide input on how we can fix our tax code.


“I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues on a tax relief package that keeps more money in Coloradans’ pockets, grows wages, and creates more jobs and opportunities for all Americans,” Gardner concluded.


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy and Subcommittee on Energy.

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