U.S. Representative

Dennis A. Ross

Proudly Serving Florida's 15th Congressional District

Taxes, Spending, and Our Economy

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WHEN IT COMES GOVERNMENT SPENDING OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS, I BELIEVE IN THE FOLLOWING CORE PRINCIPLES -

Taxes

As your Member of Congress, I am committed to reducing the tax burdens on families and small businesses. Our outdated tax laws must be reformed and overhauled in order to grow our economy.

In 2012, the National Taxpayer Advocate wrote, “A simpler, more transparent tax code will substantially reduce the estimated 6.1 billion hours and $168 billion that taxpayers spend on return preparation.”

I could not agree more. We need a simpler, flatter, and fairer tax code—period.

Americans and small businesses face a confusing and costly challenge every year filing their taxes. However, the federal government has not suffered from these burdens. The federal government has been receiving record setting revenues from taxes in recent years.

As the receiver of the Tax Fighter and the Taxpayer Hero Awards, I promise to keep fighting to simplify our tax laws, ease compliance burdens, and not raise taxes on hardworking Americans.

Spending

Since I was first elected, reining in frivolous and wasteful spending across federal government agencies has been one of my top priorities. Our national debt stands at nearly $20 trillion, and we must take all measures possible to ensure hard-earned taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.

Since I was first elected, I introduced legislation entitled the Zero-Based Budgeting Ensures Responsible Oversight Act. Also known as the ZERO Act, this legislation will require federal agencies to justify every line item on their budgets each year, rather than just make slight changes to the previous year’s budgets.

The status quo has not worked.

American families and small businesses across our district and across the country know the best way to balance their budgets is to start at zero. Washington should follow their lead.

To that end, I am committed to demonstrating that federal entities can all do more with less. Since being elected, I have been proud to return more than $635,000 of my Congressional office budget back to the U.S. Treasury.

I am deeply honored to represent the 15th District of Florida, and I will continue to operate on a conservative, responsible budget each year I serve in Congress.


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