Washington, DC – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, released the following statement today in recognition of Tax Day:
“Every year, on ‘Tax Day,’ we reflect on the size of our tax burden and whether or not we’re receiving good value for our tax dollars. This year, with the federal budget at $3.8 trillion, the budget deficit at $1.3 trillion, and with a host of new taxes taking effect on account of the health care law, we have more reason than ever to be concerned about the impact that tax and spending policies are having on our economy and our freedom.
“In 2012, the American people will pay more in taxes than they will spend on food, clothing and shelter combined. According to the Tax Foundation, the average American will have to work for 134 days this year (or from January 1 to May 14) in order to pay his personal share of all federal government spending – whether through taxes or borrowing.
“And if President Obama has his way, there will be no relief in sight. The President’s latest budget raises taxes by $2 trillion over the next 10 years. That is a recipe for economic disaster.
“A better way to grow our economy is to cut taxes, reduce spending, and stop borrowing. By enacting pro-growth policies and restoring fiscal discipline, we can create jobs and keep the American Dream alive for the next generation.”
Vice Chair McMorris Rodgers spoke about the contrasting philosophies of the House and Senate – the Senate trying to raise taxes; the House trying to lower them – at today’s Republican Leadership press conference.
“The Senate Democrats have failed to answer the question, ‘How does raising taxes create a single job?,’” she said. To watch her remarks, click here.