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  • Harvey Recovery: House Speaker Paul Ryan Tours Texas With Bipartisan Entourage
    Posted in In The News on September 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    By Bryan Kirk (Patch Staff) House Speaker Paul Ryan joined with GOP and Democratic leaders in a tour of the Texas Gulf Coast on Thursday, getting a first hand look at the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Ryan joined with volunteers and a bipartisan delegation, removing debris from storm-ravaged neighborhoods in Friendswood, about 35 miles north of Galveston Island, be4fore embarking on a hrlicoptor tour of the area. Ryan's visit to Texas comes in advance of a planned vote next month to supplem... Read more

  • Senior Republican Promotes Comprehensive Tax Relief for Hurricane Victims
    Posted in In The News on September 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    Today, Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) released legislation that would deliver temporary tax relief to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Chairman Brady issued the following statement upon releasing the bill, which is expected to be formally introduced Monday, September 25, when the House returns to session. “Hundreds of thousands of people throughout Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and other areas have been devastated by hurricanes and severe floo... Read more

  • House Readies Tax Bill to Aid Storm Victims
    Posted in In The News on September 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    U.S. taxpayers affected by this year’s hurricanes would get bigger-than-usual deductions for their property losses and penalty-free access to retirement accounts under a tax bill released Friday. The bill, from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R., Texas), could get a vote in the full House as early as next week. The bill would apply in areas damaged by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and declared as certain kinds of disaster zones by President Donald Trump. The Joint Commit... Read more

  • Brady prepares special tax benefits for hurricane victims
    Posted in In The News on September 22, 2017 | Preview rr

    By Kevin Diaz Texas Republican Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, proposed special tax benefits Friday for people who were hit by the hurricanes that recently clobbered Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Provisions of legislation he plans to introduce Monday would eliminate the current requirement that storm losses exceed 10 percent of adjusted gross income to qualify for a deduction. Storm victims would not have to itemize their tax filings to tak... Read more

  • Brady honors 10 teens with Congressional Award Medal Courier of Montgomery County
    Posted in In The News on September 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    By John S. Marshall Ten local teenagers -- including three sets of siblings -- are the recipients of Congressional Award Medals for achieving rather remarkable goals in public service and other areas. U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, presented the awards to six of the teens during a ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace courtroom in The Woodlands. Brady described the group as "representing the best of America in many ways." The other four teens were away at c... Read more

  • The hidden cornerstone of tax reform could lead to huge economic growth
    Posted in In The News on September 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    by Alexander Hendrie President Trump, as well as leaders in the House and Senate, have said that pro-growth tax reform is their legislative priority for the remainder of 2017. While everyone agrees on the need to pass tax reform, the Swamp's army of lobbyists remains divided over many of the details of tax reform. Even so, there is agreement on two goals of tax reform. First, tax reform must ensure the code is simplified for families and businesses. Second, reform must include changes that grow... Read more

  • Congressman Kevin Brady honors Montgomery County teenagers with Congressional Awards
    Posted in In The News on September 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX 8th District) recently honored 10 Montgomery County teenagers with Congressional Awards. "They represent the best of America in so many ways," Brady said. "Their commitment to bettering themselves and giving back to the community are exactly the values, character and integrity we hope for in every generation of young American." The Congressional Award is the United States Congress' award for youth ages 14-23. Recipients set and achieve goals in four areas: volu... Read more

  • Rep. Kevin Brady Honors 10 Woodlands Students With Congressional Awards
    Posted in In The News on September 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    Congressional Awards are non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive, and is a program open to all young people, ages 14 to 23. By Bryan Kirk (Patch Staff) Ten local students were presented Congressional Medals on Sept. 20 by U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady during a special ceremony at the Montgomery County Precinct 3 Courthouse. The students, many of whom were siblings, earned the awards through hours of public service and volunteer work in their community. (Want to get daily news updates and other even... Read more

  • Trump and Congress have best chance in 30 years to reform the tax code
    Posted in In The News on September 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    It's been more than 30 years since the United States tax code saw any reform. There is an opportunity for Congress to do that now. We hope they do and in a way that is fair to all taxpayers. The 1986 Tax Reform Act simplified the tax code, creating two brackets (15 and 28 percent) while eliminating many deductions. Over the last 30 years, the number of tax brackets has grown from two to seven. Umpteen credits and deductions increased the tax code from approximately 26,000 pages in 1984 to more t... Read more

  • Brady opens legislative markup session for Medicare, welfare improvements
    Posted in In The News on September 20, 2017 | Preview rr

    by Carol Ostrow House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) gave the opening statement for a recent Washington, D.C.-based legislation markup session convened for the purpose of improving Medicare options and increasing welfare solutions. Noting that the committee would consider five measures total, he summarized the content of three bipartisan health care bills topping the list followed by two Human Resources Subcommittee matters, a committee release about the Sept. 13 session sa... Read more