GA reps react to latest tax bill's approval in Congress

GA reps react to latest tax bill's approval in Congress
Updated: Dec. 20, 2017 at 4:35 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - From D.C. to the Chattahoochee Valley,  two Georgia congressman make their stances heard on the latest tax legislation Congress passed. 

Minutes before entering the House Chamber, U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson (R - 3rd), told News Leader 9 the passage of the GOP's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is "absolutely a great, great step for America."

The freshman representative said he believes this bill will not only give business incentives to invest but also allow Americans to keep more dollars in their pockets. 

"You're going to get tax relief, but particularly if you're in the middle-income spectrum," Ferguson said, adding the benefits from this bill could help a typical family of four or a single mother with three children. "This is going to positively impact your life," Ferguson said, "because you're going to get to keep more of your money."

Ferguson said he knows there's been much criticism levied at tons bill.  His congressional colleague, Rep. Sanford Bishop (D - 2nd) made a statement on his official Facebook page, saying in part, he believes all Georgians should benefit from this tax bill, and not just those "at the top," a reference to wealthy individuals and corporations. 

Ferguson said simplifying the tax code and removing existing loopholes can only spur economic growth.

"Even some members of the Democratic caucus... they will privately tell you that it's a good bill," Ferguson said, "and that it's going to be good for their constituents. We're setting ourselves up for this to be the most competitive place in the world to do business."

Ferguson also told News Leader 9 this legislative win will motivate him and his Republican colleagues to push for reform on welfare programs in 2018.

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