Letter: 88 Conservative Groups Urge Passage of Pro-Growth Tax Reform in 2017 

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Dear Speaker Ryan, Leader McConnell, Secretary Mnuchin, Director Cohn, Chairman Hatch, and Chairman Brady: 

 

On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write to urge passage of comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform in 2017.

 

In the past 30 years, the tax code has expanded in size and complexity. Today, the code serves well-connected special interests, not hard working American families. After many years of inaction, Congress and the administration have a chance to fix our broken tax system this year by making it fairer, simpler, and less burdensome.

 

There is broad consensus on the need for tax reform. With the 2018 midterm elections in sight, it is also crucial that bold policies keeping the promises made to the American people are realized soon.

 

Numerous polls have shown widespread public support for tax reform that lowers rates for all and reforms the code based on the principles of simplicity, fairness, and equity. Americans are frustrated with the rigged system that favors the politically connected and lobbyists at the expense of ordinary Americans.

 

It is key that tax reform reduce rates for Americans across the board, drastically simplifies the code for families and individuals, ends the Death Tax, unrigs the system to promote a healthy economy, and implements a territorial system of taxation so businesses large and small can compete.

 

2017 represents an important opportunity to provide financial security to hardworking taxpayers by signing tax reform into law. We applaud the work that each of you have already taken to ensure tax reform is enacted in 2017 and stand ready to continue working with you in the second half of the year.

 

Sincerely,

 

Grover Norquist

President, Americans for Tax Reform

 

Christine Harbin

Vice President of External Affairs, Americans for Prosperity

 

James L. Martin

Founder & Chairman, 60 Plus Association

 

Dan Greenberg

President, Advance Arkansas Institute

 

Phil Kerpen

President, American Commitment

 

Daniel Schneider

Executive Director, American Conservative Union

 

Steve Pociask

President, American Consumer Institute

 

Tim Doyle

Vice President of Policy & General Counsel, American Council for Capital Formation

 

Sean Noble

President, American Encore

 

Lisa B. Nelson

CEO, American Legislative Exchange Council

 

Ashley N. Varner

Executive Director, ALEC Action

 

Mark J. Fitzgibbons

President of Corporate Affairs, American Target Advertising, Inc.

 

Kevin Waterman

Chair, Annapolis Center Right Coalition Meeting (Maryland)

 

Scot Mussi

President, Arizona Free Enterprise Club

 

Dan Weber

President, Association of Mature American Citizens

 

Lindsay Boyd

Policy Director, Beacon Center of Tennessee

 

Robert Alt

President and CEO, The Buckeye Institute (Ohio)

 

Garrett Ballengee

Executive Director, Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Public Policy

 

Bob Carlstrom

President, The Carlstrom Group

 

Steve Buckstein

Founder, Cascade Policy Institute (Oregon)

 

Kent Lassman

President, Competitive Enterprise Institute

 

Jeffrey Mazella

President, Center for Individual Freedom

 

Andrew F. Quinlan

President, Center for Freedom and Prosperity

 

Peter Nelson

Vice President, Center of the American Experiment (Minnesota)

 

Chip Faulkner

Associate Director, Citizens for Limited Taxation (Massachusetts)

 

Chuck Muth

President, Citizen Outreach (Nevada)

 

Ralph Benko

Conservative Columnist

 

Matthew Kandrach

President, Consumer Action for a Strong Economy

 

Thomas Schatz

President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

 

Edward King

President, Defense Priorities Initiative

 

Katie McAuliffe

Executive Director, Digital Liberty

 

Craig Richardson

President, E&E Action

 

Robert Roper

President, Ethan Allen Institute (Vermont)

 

Timothy Head

Executive Director, Faith & Freedom Coalition

 

Palmer Schoening

President, Family Business Coalition

 

Richard Watson

Chairman, Florida Center Right Coalition

 

Annette Meeks

CEO, Freedom Foundation of Minnesota

 

Nathan Nascimento

Vice President of Policy, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce

 

Adam Brandon

President, FreedomWorks

 

David Barnes

Policy Director, Generation Opportunity

 

Kelly McCutchen

President and CEO, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

 

Rodolfo E. Milani

Trustee, HACER (Hispanic American Center for Economic Research)

 

Joseph Bast

CEO, The Heartland Institute

 

Mario H. Lopez

President, Hispanic Leadership Fund

 

William A. Estrada, Esq.

Director of Federal Relations, Home School Legal Defense Association

 

Wayne Hoffman

President, Idaho Freedom Foundation

 

Jon Caldara

President, Independence Institute (Colorado)

 

Heather R. Higgins

President and CEO, Independent Women's Voice

 

Tom Giovanetti

President, Institute for Policy Innovation

 

Sal J. Nuzzo

Vice President of Policy, The James Madison Institute (Florida)

 

Kory Swanson

President & CEO, John Locke Foundation (North Carolina)

 

Dave Trabert

President, Kansas Policy Institute

 

Nancy Misasi

President, Lakeland Tea Party of Greater Wanaque Area (New Jersey)

 

John Tomicki

Executive Director, League of American Families

 

Seton Motley

President, Less Government

 

Colin A. Hanna

President, Let Freedom Ring

 

Daniel Garza

Executive Director, The LIBRE Initiative     

 

Brett Healy

President, The MacIver Institute (Wisconsin)

 

Michael LaFaive

Senior Director of Fiscal Policy, Mackinac Center for Public Policy (Michigan)

 

Carl Copeland

Executive Director, Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance

 

Mary Adams

Chair, Maine Center-right Coalition Meeting

 

Pem & Ruth Schaeffer

Maine Conservative Activists

 

Tom Davis

Maine Conservative Activist

 

Victoria Bucklin

Maine Conservative Activist

 

Henry Kriegel

President, Montanans for Tax Reform

 

Tim Jones

Former Speaker, Missouri House of Representatives

State Chair, Missouri Center-Right Coalition

 

Harry C. Alford

President/CEO, National Black Chamber of Commerce

 

Brandon Arnold

Executive Vice President, National Taxpayers Union

 

The Honorable William O'Brien

Former Speaker, New Hampshire House of Representatives

Co-chair, New Hampshire Center Right Coalition

 

Grant Malloy

Chair, Orlando Florida Center Right

 

Jonathan Small

President, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

 

Jeff Kropf

Executive Director, Oregon Capitol Watch

 

Daniel J. Erspamer

CEO, Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Louisiana)

 

Lorenzo Montanari

Executive Director, Property Rights Alliance

 

Don Racheter

President, Public Interest Institute (Iowa)

 

Charlie Gerow

President, Quantum Communications (Pennsylvania)

 

Eli Lehrer

President, R Street Institute

 

Paul Gessing

President, Rio Grande Foundation (New Mexico)

 

Mike Stenhouse

CEO, Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity

 

Bill Whipple

President & Director, Secure America's Future Economy (SAFE)

 

Karen Kerrigan

President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

 

David Williams

President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

 

Judson Phillips

President, Tea Party Nation

 

Jenny Beth Martin

Co-Founder & CEO, Tea Party Patriots

 

Kevin D. Roberts, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President, Texas Public Policy Foundation

 

Mike Thompson

Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy (Virginia)

 

Carl Bearden

Executive Director, United for Missouri

 

Jonathan Downing

CEO, Wyoming Liberty Group

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