Friends - 

     This week was another major week for tax reform with the House Ways & Means Committee introducing the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, which would codify many of the ideas that were part of the GOP framework. It lowers rates on the middle-class, simplifies our tax code, broadens our tax base, and provides incentives to spur economic growth.

     We've spent months discussing these ideas with the American people, and now we have a bill to be debated and marked up as it moves through the legislative process. Traveling across Louisiana's third district, one thing is clear. Families want to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks... and I believe they deserve to do exactly that.

     More money in the pockets of working Americans shouldn't be a partisan issue, and I hope my Democrat colleagues will work in a bipartisan manner to get this thing done. The American people aren't stupid. They'll look at the proposed changes and compare it to what they pay now. The facts are the facts, and our plan brings rates down for middle-class families, doubles the standard deduction, and enhances the child tax credit for families.

     I would encourage every American to review the plan and contact our office if you have questions or concerns. All Americans will benefit from this package, and I am hopeful that we can move this bill quickly through the House and Senate. Visit fairandsimple.gop to learn more.

 

Proposed Tax Rates Under the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

     As your Congressman, I am committed to open communications and transparent service. I have included several highlights from this past week below. Please take a few minutes to read through these updates, or visit my website, clayhiggins.house.gov, for all recent news from your 3rd District office.

     It is an honor to serve you, and by extension, the Nation we all love. If there is anything that I can do to assist you, please contact my office.

 

Sincerely,

 


 

Protecting Home Health for Seniors

     Home health services are critical for many of our elderly, especially in rural communities. That's why I joined a bipartisan group of 174 members of Congress asking the Department of Health & Human Services to reject a new rule that would have slashed home health funding. I was uplifted to see the administration preserve these programs, and I firmly believe that we have a responsibility to care for our elders. Ultimately, this is a wise and righteous investment that preserves access to quality, in-home healthcare for the most vulnerable Americans. See the letter and read more here -->


 

Tax Reform for the Middle Class

     The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act broadens our tax base, lowers our tax burden, and simplifies our tax code. It's a win for the middle-class, allowing families to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks and provides incentives to spur economic growth and new job creation for businesses of all sizes. Want to learn more about the bill? Visit fairandsimple.gop for policy highlights, frequently asked questions, and the full text of the bill.


 

Greater Choice & Flexibility for Veterans

     This week, I cosponsored legislation that establishes a permanent VA Care in the Community program. It's a major win for our veterans. Providing greater access to VA partner facilities in the community and increasing choice is part of our overall effort to reform and modernize veterans' healthcare. This is about providing timely, quality care when and where veterans need it. The bill has garnered bipartisan support from the entire House Veterans' Affairs Committee. Read more about the bill -->


 

Reauthorizing CHIP & Community Health Centers

     This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3922, the Championing Healthy Kids Act, which extends funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years and reauthorizes other public health programs like community health centers for two years. Both CHIP and community health centers provide health services to low-income and under-served populations. I was glad to see the House pass measures that reauthorize and extend both programs in a fiscally responsible manner that protects taxpayer dollars while prioritizing healthcare for the most vulnerable Americans.


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