Coronavirus Bulletin

During Tax Oversight Panel, Kelly Warns of Millions of Americans Waiting on Refunds, EIPs, and Employee Retention Credits

March 18, 2021 — Coronavirus Bulletin

Millions of Americans are still waiting for the IRS to process their 2019 tax returns, missing stimulus checks, and other program benefits because of the pandemic. Now, the Democrats' $1.9 trillion spending package has placed an even bigger burden on the agency as we enter the 2021 tax filing season. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), the top Republican on the Ways and Means Committee's Oversight ...

Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Pelosi’s Path to Higher State Taxes

March 18, 2021 — Blog

Ohio's attorney general is suing the Biden administration over the new $1.9 trillion spending bill's unconstitutional attack on states' ability to set their own tax policies. From The Washington Post: The "stimulus law opened the door for cash-strapped local ...

Brady: IRS Tax Filing Extension is Beginning of Democrats’ Tax Hike Chaos

March 17, 2021 — Blog

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) issued the following statement on the IRS's announcement that it will extend the tax filing deadline to May 17. “Democrats’ $1.9 trillion bill continues to cause chaos, to the point that delaying tax filings in order to accommodate the law’s provisions may be a wise decision. Yet this is where the problems begin, not where they stop, as the agency will ...

Republican Leaders: Washington Shouldn’t Veto State Tax Cuts

March 17, 2021 — Blog

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Republican leaders sent a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen highlighting the urgent need for guidance and requesting clarification from the Treasury Department on questions pertaining to the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery and Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds included in the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The letter was led by top Republican ...

Ways & Means Republicans Seek Answers from Biden Nominee and Fmr PA Health Secretary About Missing Nursing Home Death Data

March 16, 2021 — Blog

President Biden nominated former Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine for the position of Assistant Secretary of Health at the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Levine was responsible for implementing Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s policy that required nursing homes to admit or readmit residents infected with COVID-19. This was the same policy pursued by ...

Walorski: Democrats’ progressive push endangers economic recovery

March 16, 2021 — Blog

Democrats exploited the pandemic to pass "the most progressive legislation in our lifetime," in their own words--and ultimately will harm our economic recovery, argues Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Republican Leader on the Subcommittee for Worker and Family Support in an oped for the South Bend Tribune. Key Takeaways:  After ...

Republican Leaders Request Hearing on Unemployment Insurance Fraud

March 15, 2021 — Blog

WASHINGTON, DC – With new reports of unemployment insurance fraud surfacing daily, Republican Ways and Means leaders requested their House Democrat counterparts to hold a joint hearing to investigate the extent of fraud in CARES Act unemployment programs. The letter was signed by Ways and Means Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-TX), Ways and Means Worker and Family Support Subcommittee ...

Rep. Smith: Reopening the Economy Key to Helping States & Funding Infrastructure

March 12, 2021 — Blog

Democrats Should Hold Second Hearing Where Rural Communities Can Be Heard Our priority needs to be helping workers reconnect to employees as our economy reopens, argued Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE), Republican Leader of the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures for Ways and Means, at a recent hearing on “Tax Tools to Help Local ...

Brady on CNBC: Democrats Will Hike Taxes Further Than $60 Billion Already Hidden in New Law

March 12, 2021 — Blog

Ways and Means Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-TX) appeared on CNBC's Squawk Box to discuss the economic harm looming from Democrats' hidden tax increases in the recently enacted so-called "relief package," only 9 percent of which goes towards dealing with coronavirus. Key Takeaways: We know we need to focus on the vaccines and distribution. On the economic side, we ...