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Good morning –

I have an important update to share with you:

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been signed into law!

But what does that mean for you? Well, on average, tax reform will provide every income group with tax relief.  

Under this new law

      Middle- and low-income Iowans will see lower tax rates.

      ObamaCare’s costly individual mandate will be eliminated.

      Folks will be able to keep more of their hard earned dollars.

      The child tax credit is doubled.

      Job creators of all sizes will be more competitive and can reinvest in their most important resource – their employees.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act also includes two of my provisions: the Stop Questionable, Unnecessary, and Excessive Allowances for Legislators Act, also known as the SQUEAL Act, which eliminates an unnecessary tax break for lawmakers, and the bipartisan Investing in Opportunity Act which helps spur economic growth in poverty-stricken areas. 

I am thrilled that these commonsense initiatives were included in this long-overdue reform so that Iowans will finally be able to see relief from an overly-burdensome tax code, first-hand.

Making Washington Squeal

As I mentioned, my SQUEAL Act was included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Specifically, this measure cuts perks for elected officials by eliminating a provision of the tax code that allows Members of Congress to deduct, for income tax purposes, up to thousands of dollars annually in living expenses while in the Washington, D.C. area.

Iowans sent me to Congress to make Washington, D.C. squeal and that includes eliminating handouts to politicians. It’s long-overdue that Congress start leading by example by offering up its own unnecessary tax break, and I’m pleased to see this legislation signed into law.

Watch more on my SQUEAL Act here or by clicking on the image below.

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Thank you!