Statement on Speaker Boehner’s Speech at the Economic Club of Washington

Statement of former U.S. Rep. Amory F. Houghton (R-NY), Chairman of the RMSP Board, and former U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), President of RMSP

 (Washington, D.C.) – “Speaker Boehner is absolutely right – we need to overhaul our tax code, lower corporate tax rates, close unnecessary tax loopholes, and that there can be no serious effort to reduce the crushing federal deficit and debt that doesn’t include entitlement reform. 

 “He is also correct that given the current economic environment, and an unemployment rate over 9%, we must hold the line on taxes.  Raising taxes will only result in hurting small business owners – who are the engine of job creation in this country.

 “We at Main Street share Speaker Boehner’s belief that the super committee has a real opportunity before it.  An opportunity to help liberate our economy in the coming months through tax reform to support private investment, and an opportunity to address critical entitlement reform that is need to avoid more job-destroying downgrades. 

 “We are hopeful that the super committee can work together to forge bipartisan legislation that will reduce the deficit and spur economic growth.  In addition to supporting the efforts of the super committee, Main Street will also continue to urge members on both sides of the political aisle to support common sense regulatory reforms that will allow American businesses to flourish and create much needed jobs.”

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