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Washington, D.C. – During the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee’s first hearing on tax reform, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) discussed how bringing tax relief to Nevada’s hardworking families and small businesses will help spur job growth and increase wages.

Heller asked the committee’s witnesses what they anticipate middle-class families will see under a tax relief proposal. Click here or the image below to watch the exchange.

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Heller recently outlined his priorities for tax relief in an opinion piece published Sunday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and released a video yesterday ahead of the hearing. 

Below is his opening statement as prepared for delivery:

Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Wyden, thank you for holding this hearing. Also, thank you and welcome to our witnesses.

Today, we are focused on a topic of immediate importance to America’s middle class – individual tax relief.

Our middle class has suffered under an outdated and unfair tax code that discourages job creation and makes it harder for Nevadans, and people all across America, to get ahead.

Just the other night during my telephone town hall, I heard from a teacher in Las Vegas who spoke about stagnant wages.

I also recently spoke with a young Nevadan who started his own business while going to school full time. The 21-year-old brought up the enormous amount of money he is paying in taxes as well as how complicated it is to navigate our system.

Nevadans have been waiting for a fairer, simpler tax code for too long. According to a recent poll conducted by my office, more than half of Nevadans said it is important that Congress pass tax reform legislation by the end of this year.

And now, we have a prime opportunity to do that and provide relief to the Americans who have been waiting for a fairer, simpler tax code.

To me, relief means letting the middle class keep more of their hard-earned paycheck and making our tax code easy to understand.

Less paperwork and more money in their back pockets.

It also means more quality jobs, higher wages, and growth in our communities.

The current economic situation is not acceptable, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to address it.

With that, I have a few questions for our witnesses.