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The House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady reposted a Newsmax article to his website last week in which he is quoted as saying that tax reform will be forced through Congress, even if critics won't "participate" in the reform efforts. Later "this year" he says, they "will use a budget reconciliation process to hold a 'straight up or down vote requiring only a simple majority, and they're not going to hold up "fixing" the broken tax code just because others "are mad".
He does not speak to whether any legitimate, oustanding concerns or objections from those who are not "mad" will be engaged, or whether the reasons behind any frustration or anger will be considered. The comments that are currently displayed below the article on his website certainly reflect anger, although many of them appear to be directed toward his decision to vote against requesting President Trump's tax returns.
Here is a sampling:
"I am a citizen of the United States and a senior and I have to pay taxes every year. You said yesterday that President Donald Trump is the first president in 30 years to lead the way for tax reform. Is that by being a billionaire and not paying any taxes at all?..."
"You, your hypocrisy and your heinous GOP cronies are just disgusting."
"You're a disgrace to the state of Texas, the Ways and Means Committee and to the U.S. Government."