Taxes & Spending

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Congress needs to manage their spending just like many hard-working, honest families and businesses back in Michigan who work every day towards maintaining their responsible bottom lines.

Simplify the Tax Code 
Our federal tax code has become too complex and outdated.  We need to revise our tax code so it is simpler, fairer, rewards innovation and investment. I also support a comprehensive simplification of our tax code, in addition to proposals like the H.R. 25, the Fair Tax Act.  

Balance the Budget
I support an amendment, H.J.Res. 1, to the Constitution that requires Congress not spend more than it receives in revenues, requires a 3/5 majority vote to increase the debt limit and requires the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress.

Reduce Tax Burden
America needs to distance itself from a tax system that seeks to raise taxes on hard-working American families and job-creators.  We need a comprehensive tax reform to make our tax code simpler, fairer and encourage investment for a healthy economy. Independent economists estimate that, when coupled with reduced federal spending, comprehensive tax reform could lead to the creation of 1 million jobs in the first year alone.

Get Rid of Government Waste, Increase Transparency
I believe Congress needs to do a better job of identifying and stopping funding for ineffective programs that have lost their intended purpose or impact. In particular, I have spearheaded efforts to cut government waste in federal grant making.  The Grants Oversight and New Efficiency (GONE) Act requires federal agencies to take action to identify and close out thousands of expired grant accounts with a zero balance - an action which could save the government millions each year. In January 2016, the GONE Act was signed into law.

In addition, I introduced the bipartisan H.R.71, the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act, which requires federal agencies to identify their programs and provide basic information on what the program does and how much they cost. The House passed H.R. 71 in January 2017. 

To provide greater transparency and help restore the integrity of the federal government’s rulemaking process, I introduced H.R. 1004, the Regulatory Integrity Act. It requires agencies to post, in a central location, all communications they issue during the proposed rule stage so that the public can fully participate and trust that the rulemaking process is neutral and unbiased. This bipartisan bill passed the House in March 2017.

As a member of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, I will continue working in a bipartisan fashion to conduct vigorous oversight over agencies and programs within the Committee’s jurisdiction. 

Line-Item Veto
We need to give the President the authority to single out wasteful spending items in legislation and send these specific line-items back to Congress for an up-or-down vote on whether to drop funding for these items.


06/16/2016 – Walberg Amendment Prevents Wasteful Afghanistan Infrastructure Spending
04/21/2016 – Walberg: Protect Taxpayers by Reining in IRS Abuse
04/13/2016 – Walberg Works to Reduce Wasteful Spending and Duplication
03/16/2016 – Walberg Works to Prevent Wasteful Infrastructure Spending in Afghanistan
03/01/2016 – Walberg Introduces Bill to Block Costly Lame Duck Regulations
02/10/2016 – WLNS: Walberg Responds to President’s Big Spending Budget
01/11/2016 – Walberg Bill to Cut Government Waste Heads to the President’s Desk
01/11/2016 – Walberg Champions Bipartisan Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act
01/07/2016 – Walberg Champions Amendment to Highlight Impact of Regulations on Wage Stagnation
09/29/2015 – Bipartisan Walberg Legislation to Increase Government Accountability Clears House
02/13/2015 – Walberg presses IRS Commissioner on rehiring employees with history of misconduct
02/15/2015 – Walberg Presses IRS for Answers on Rehiring Ex-Employees with Troubled Records
02/05/2015 – Walberg Works to Eliminate Wasteful Spending


07/13/2016 – Co-sponsor: H.R. 4938, Free File Act of 2016
10/28/2015 – Co-sponsor: H.R. 2434, Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act
07/08/2015 – Co-sponsor: H.R. 692, Default Prevention Act
05/21/2015 – Co-sponsor: H.R. 2510, Permanent Bonus Depreciation Act
05/20/2015 – Co-sponsor: H.R. 2315, Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act
05/03/2015 – Co-sponsor: H.R. 1817, No Bonuses for Tax Delinquent IRS Employees Act
05/01/2015 – Co-sponsor: H.R. 235, Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act
03/25/2015 – Co-sponsor: H.R. 1610, Biennial Budgeting and Enhanced Oversight Act
03/13/2015 – Co-sponsor: H.R. 1105, Death Tax Repeal Act
02/04/2015 – Co-sponsor: H.R. 709, Prevent Targeting at the IRS Act
01/26/2015 – Co-sponsor: H.R. 310, Taxpayer Transparency Act
01/06/2015 – Co-sponsor: H.J.Res. 1, Balanced Budget Amendment 
01/06/2015 – Co-sponsor: H.R. 27, Tax Code Termination Act
01/06/2015 – Co-sponsor: H.R. 25, Fair Tax Act

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