Republican leaders held a #TaxTalk roundtable on Capitol Hill Tuesday to promote everyday American success stories stemming from the party’s landmark tax reform bill, even as the legislation’s popularity remains lukewarm at best.
The event was hosted by House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and featured multiple small-business owners and employees sharing how the tax bill has positively impacted their lives.
“For the last ten years, we’ve been stuck in neutral,” said John Biagas, the CEO of Bay Electric, a Virginia-based electrical contractor. “But since the tax cuts, we’ve hired 10 electricians and got a class of 21 apprentices.”
Biagas added that the tax cuts have brought “a sense of optimism” to his employees.
“They’re seeing more money in their checks. And even some of the younger kids are putting more money in their 401 K accounts. Who would’ve thought that?” Biagas said.
Kevin Daly, another small business owner who runs a bulk trash removal service out of Maryland called TurboHaul, got emotional talking about the impact the tax bill has had on his company.
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Daly said for years he’s been wary of pulling the trigger on a much-needed equipment overhaul, and thanks to the tax bill he’ll now be “investing over $2 million in new trucks and equipment.”
Tuesday’s roundtable represents the latest attempt by the GOP to get out the good news about the tax bill, as members of their own party doubt Republican efforts to promote its benefits.
Overall, the event mirrored the more than a handful of tax roundtables that President Donald Trump has conducted over the past few weeks, preaching the positive impact that his landmark legislation has had on Americans.
But, the majority of the country has yet to fully buy into the tax bill hype, with less than 40 percent approving of the bill, according to a new Gallup poll.
Republicans, however, remain hopeful that with time Americans will grow to see the tax bill in a more positive light.
“We aren’t in full momentum for tax reform yet,” a senior GOP aide told IJR. “Right now, Americans are still dealing with aspects of the broken tax code as they complete their tax filings for 2017.”