Dec 16 2019
Speaker "Poll"osi's Political Circus
It’s been an interesting few weeks in Washington, and next week is teeing up to be a busy week for the House of Representatives. I recently wrote an op-ed about the last legislative week of 2019. Check it out at the link below!
It's been more than a year since President Trump signed USMCA with leaders from Mexico and Canada. Last week, after months of her obstruction, Speaker Pelosi finally made a deal with President Trump for Congress to consider this agreement. USMCA will bring more jobs and a better economy once ratified. I look forward to the House of Representatives considering it soon.
Ways and Means News
Social Security Improvements
In the Ways and Means Committee this week, we marked up two pieces of legislation. The first bill was H.R. 5306, Know Your Social Security Act, which I am proud to cosponsor. This legislation would require the Social Security Administration to send paper summaries of your Social Security benefits starting at the age of twenty-five. This will give Americans the opportunity to understand their expected retirement benefits far before it’s time to retire.
Democrats Give Tax Breaks to the Wealthy
The Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act would modify the limitation on tax deduction of state and local taxes (SALT). Despite their claims that they support the middle class, the Democrats voted to give a tax break to millionaires and billionaires in high tax states such as New York and California. I tried to change that by offering an amendment that would’ve allowed the bottom 90% of tax payers to deduct SALT without a cap and would not allow the top 10% of tax payers to deduct SALT at all. By voting it down, Democrats proved they aren’t really worried about the middle class taxpayer and are just trying to protect the top 10%.
My office is lucky to have been served by great fellows and interns over the years. Samuel Casey joined our Washington, DC office this fall as a fellow from the HillVets organization. Sam, a native of the Seventh District, is a nine-year veteran of the South Carolina Army National Guard and graduated from Coastal Carolina University in 2017. Outside the office, he has competed internationally in martial arts and supports veteran oriented charities. Thank you for your service to South Carolina and our nation, Sam!
Internships are open to any college or higher education student. If you or someone you know would be a good candidate for one of my internships, please visit my website for more information and to apply. We accept interns on a rolling basis for the spring, summer, and fall semesters.