The federal tax system is oppressively complex and contains thousands of pages of statutes, regulations, and rulings. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates that Americans spend 6.1 billion hours per year filling out tax forms. Comprehensive tax reform that simplifies our tax code and combats tax fraud is one of my top priorities. I support proposals which broaden the tax base, simplify the tax code, and lower the current marginal rates. I will fight for solutions that don’t involve tax increases because I believe the ever-climbing national debt is a result of excessive spending, not insufficient taxes. Your money should remain in your hands—where your priorities and values can govern your personal spending.
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Washington, DC – Rep. Steve Russell (OK-5) today voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), the Republican bill for tax reform. In passing this pro-growth, pro-family legislation, House Republicans have taken an important step toward providing necessary tax relief for Americans for the first time since President Reagan’s historic tax reform 31 years ago.
The question is often asked if Congress will agree on tax reform by the end of the year. Congressman Steve Russell says it’s possible if Democrats and Republicans achieve a common ground.
Russell said he refuses to be baited into either side of the argument — either taxes to benefit the rich or Congress not caring about the poor.
Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) voted in favor of H.R. 7, No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which passed the House by a vote of 238-183. H.R. 7 would make the Hyde Amendment permanent law. The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer dollars from funding abortions, and has been routinely passed each year by both Republican and Democrat controlled Congresses since 1976.
Del City, OK – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) spoke with C-SPAN’s Bill Scanlan to talk about the importance of checks and balances, bipartisanship in Congress, and his biggest accomplishments in his first term in office.
On Checks and Balances in Government:
(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Steve Russell (R- Okla.) released the sixth installment of his ongoing Waste Watch series on Monday, showing 10 instances of government waste totaling around $139 billion in taxpayer money.
Del City, OK – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), a member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has released the next installment of his ongoing Waste Watch series. The Christmas Edition for 2016 highlights 10 items of government waste, totaling almost $140 billion dollars in taxpayer funds.
Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Russell’s (OK-5) amendment, also known as Federal Register Printing Savings Act, was adopted in the House by a voice vote, and was included in the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act which was passed Friday morning. Russell’s amendment curtails the printing and distribution of unnecessary copies of the Federal Register that is distributed to each Congressional and House Committee office daily.
Washington, D.C. – This week, the House of Representatives passed four bills to increase basic oversight of the IRS:
H.R. 1206 - No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act – Prohibits the IRS from maintaining employees who have outstanding major tax debt.
H.R. 4885 - IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending (OWES) Act – Requires the IRS to use collected user fees for user customer service, unless otherwise directed to by Congress.