Rep. Kelly Applauds Ways & Means Committee Approval of Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

Nov 9, 2017 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Tax Reform
Rep. Kelly Applauds Ways & Means Committee Approval of Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

Leads successful effort to preserve Adoption Tax Credit


WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today after the conclusion of the full committee’s four-day mark-up hearing to approve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1, along with the Chairman’s Amendment to H.R. 1) and advance it to consideration by the House of Representatives. Rep. Kelly’s full statement on the bill’s initial introduction can be read here.

“I am very proud that our committee has approved this historic tax relief bill for American families. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will lower taxes, increase take-home pay, and expand the economy for middle- and lower-income Americans all over our country. It will level the playing field for American companies to grow, hire, and be globally competitive. It will boost our GDP by 3.9 percent and create almost 1 million new American jobs, including nearly 40,000 jobs in Pennsylvania. For families in Pennsylvania’s Third District specifically, it will reduce taxes by approximately $2,000 and increase after-tax income by almost $2,700. I look forward to continuing the process of turning these wins into a reality for the American people.

“I once again thank Chairman Brady for agreeing to restore the Adoption Tax Credit to this legislation and, by doing so, ensuring that our committee, our bill, and this Congress stand firmly in support of all children, the families who love them, and a strong culture of life.”

Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX):

“First, among other important improvements, this amendment will preserve the adoption tax credit. Now, I know Americans who adopt are not doing this for the tax benefit – they’re doing it because they want to provide a safe and loving home for a child. I know from personal experience that the adoption process can be expensive and time consuming, and ultimately, so rewarding. And I know the adoption tax credit is important to many Members of our Committee, Republicans and Democrats – and we’ve had very thoughtful discussions about it over the past few days. So, with this amendment, we’re proposing to preserve this credit – a priority led by Ms. Black, Mr. Kelly, and so many others. This will ensure that parents can continue to receive additional tax relief as they open their hearts and their homes to an adopted child.”

National Council For Adoption President Chuck Johnson:

“National Council For Adoption thanks the House of Representatives for preserving the adoption tax credit in the Chairman’s markup of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and we ask Congress to continue to fight for its preservation throughout the tax reform process. We are especially grateful to Congressman Kelly, who has been a true champion for this cause, taking a firm stand for children and families and insisting that the adoption tax credit remain a national priority. With 75,000 children adopted in 2014 by non-relative American parents and thousands more kinship adoptions, we know that the tax credit makes a huge, tangible difference, particularly for children in foster care.”

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser:

“Over the last week our pro-life allies including Reps. Trent Franks, Diane Black, Mike Kelly, and Chris Smith worked diligently to restore the Adoption Tax Credit to the GOP tax reform bill. We thank them for their efforts and we thank Chairman Brady for making the critical motion to restore it. This important pro-life tax credit costs the government relatively little, but by reducing the steep expenses of adoption, it makes all the difference to tens of thousands of families each year who open their homes and hearts to children in need. The amended bill gives these families the support they deserve in making the courageous, loving decision to adopt.”

March for Life President Jeanne Mancini:

“The adoption tax credit has helped so many families and saved so many lives – and needs to be safeguarded. The March for Life would like to thank Rep. Kevin Brady, Rep. Diane Black, Rep. Mike Kelly, and House Leadership for offering this amendment and working to promote life through the restoration of the adoption tax credit.”

Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Executive Vice President Phillip Bethancourt:

“Thanks to the @RepKevinBrady's amendment, the Adoption Tax Credit is fully restored! We’re grateful for the leadership of @RepKevinBrady, @RepDianeBlack, @MikeKellyPA, @RepTrentFranks, and our fellow pro-life partner organizations.”

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), co-chair of the Pro-Life Caucus, the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Caucus, the Congressional Foster Youth Caucus, and the Congressional Caucus on Adoption:

“The Republican Party has been and always will be the party of life. Adoption, not abortion, has long since been one of the most noble mantras of the party of Lincoln. Chairman Kevin Brady and Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rogers, as well as Rep. Diane Black and Rep. Mike Kelly, should be effusively praised for ensuring the Adoption Tax Credit remains in the House Republican Tax Reform bill. … The Adoption Tax Credit has enormous symbolic, practical and humanitarian meaning and purpose, and I am deeply grateful that it’s been preserved in the tax plan and for all of those who acted to preserve it.”

NOTE: The full text of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act can be read here. The final text of the Chairman’s Amendment can be read here.

ICYMI: Videos of Rep. Kelly’s remarks at this week’s mark-up hearing regarding the Adoption Tax Credit can be viewed here and here. A compilation of Rep. Kelly’s recent national TV appearances in support of tax reform can be found here.


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