Taxes and Economy

For decades, Washington’s spending problem led to a tax code that hurt American families, small businesses, and our nation's economy. In 2017, Congress passed and the president signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This bill creates a simpler and fairer code for all Americans. It creates and keeps jobs here at home while giving small business owners the flexibility they need to grow. Most importantly, this plan allows you to keep more of your hard-earned paycheck.

In this plan, we double the standard deduction and get rid of special interest loopholes, leveling the playing field for the middle class, and allowing you to keep more hard-earned income in your wallet. In fact, the average American family will see a tax cut of $2,059. And by overhauling the code to make it simple and fair, we finally end the days of wasting time and money just trying to figure out how to file your family’s tax return.

With passage of this law, America can once again be the world leader in job creation and economic growth, and we can rebuild our middle class by making sure those high-paying jobs are created right here at home instead of foreign countries. Since passage of this bill, numerous companies across the country and in Louisiana have announced bonuses, pay raises, new hiring, and more investments in the American economy. The facts don’t lie, tax reform works.

The bill also included some big wins for Louisiana. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, revenue sharing for Gulf States would be increased by $300 million, and Louisiana should expect to receive at least $100 million of that funding to restore our coast and protect against future storms. This is a landmark victory for coastal restoration and puts down an important marker for future increases in Louisiana’s revenue sharing.

Additionally, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act protected the Historic Tax Credit, which has been used across Louisiana to preserve of state’s unique architecture and history. The important benefits of the historic tax credit will help Louisiana continue to preserve and revitalize areas across our state.

This law also provided tax relief to victims of major floods across Louisiana during 2016. Tens of thousands of Louisianans were affected by flooding during 2016. This disaster tax relief will allow individuals and families to take a tax deduction for the property losses they suffered because of those storms, and it also eliminates IRS’s early withdrawal tax penalty for those who used their retirement funds to recover and rebuild.

Simply put: This reform puts more money into the pockets of hard-working families, creates more jobs at higher wages, and gets our economy growing again.

Congressman Scalise will continue to support and fight for legislation that lowers taxes, cuts wasteful government spending and strengthens our economy.

For more information concerning Congressman Scalise's work and views on Taxes and Economic issues, please contact his Washington, DC office.

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August 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) announced he is joining the Entrepreneurs Need Timely Replenishment for Eating Establishments (ENTRÉE) Act as a cosponsor. The ENTRÉE Act, introduced by Republican Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), provides critical assistance to American restaurants working tirelessly to serve their employees and communities across the country.

May 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Ways and Means Committee Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Rep. Carol Miller (R-W. Va.), Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.), Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.), Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), and Rep.

May 6, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) issued the following statement regarding President Biden's visit to Louisiana to tout his job-killing socialist agenda under the guise of infrastructure:

“Today, President Biden will visit Louisiana to promote his budget-busting tax hike spending boondoggle masquerading as an infrastructure bill.

March 31, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) visited MMI Culinary in Kenner yesterday to speak about the importance of fully reopening Louisiana businesses and restaurants. Whip Scalise praised the success of the Paycheck Protection Program in assisting local businesses and keeping them afloat during the pandemic. Whip Scalise also touted the progress of states that have eased COVID restrictions as opposed to the shortcomings of states that remain fully locked down. 

February 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Fox Business Channel's Mornings with Maria to highlight the juxtaposition between Democrats' political obsession with impeaching President Trump, and President Trump's pro-growth leadership which has fueled the comeback of the American dream.

December 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As the House prepares to consider the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), support for President Trump's hard-negotiated trade deal has been strong among a wide range of conservative voices, as well as business and industry groups. Passing the USMCA trade deal will be a major boost for our economy, and will provide more than 160,000 new jobs, which is a huge win for American workers.

December 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement upon news of an official agreement on USMCA:

“Passing the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal will be a major boost for our economy, and will provide more than 160,000 new jobs, which is a huge win for American workers. For months, House Republicans pushed vigorously for a final deal on USMCA while Speaker Pelosi wasted time and resources on her sham impeachment inquiry.

September 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) took to the podium at the GOP Members Retreat in Baltimore, Maryland, to celebrate this historic economy, and discuss the Republican Party's future plans for sensible health care reform:

July 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—More than 600 business and agricultural leaders from all 50 states plus D.C. and Puerto Rico are calling on their representatives to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), so that Americans everywhere can begin to feel the benefits of this new trade agreement that puts American workers first. USMCA promises to strengthen America's economy, create new jobs, and improve trade between all three countries.

July 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after House passage of the $15 minimum wage bill:

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