COSPONSOR H.R. 510, the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy Act (‘BRACE Act’)

As the freight rail industry has evolved, many short line railroads and smaller communities have been abandoned, removing critical first- and last-mile links between producers, consumers, and export opportunities in large and small communities across America.
Since it was first enacted in 2005, the Short Line Railroad Maintenance Credit has been extended for one- or two-year increments, providing limited certainty for short line railroads to make investments in their infrastructure. Our legislation provides
certainty by making the Short Line Railroad Maintenance Credit permanent while also applying it retroactively to tax year 2018.

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Support Employers of Reservists and National Guardsmen

Employers have borne a heavy burden since 9/11 as our Reserve forces transitioned from a Strategic Reserve model to an Operational Reserve.  One weekend a month and two weeks a year has yielded to repeated mobilizations and long deployments.  Since 2001,
“the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) has mobilized more than 280,000 soldiers, while the Army National Guard (ARNG) has mobilized almost twice that number, more than 525,000 soldiers.”[1]  An overlooked cost has fallen
on employers and colleagues, who frequently shoulder additional work.  As Co-Chairs of the National Guard and Reserve Caucus, we invite you to co-sponsor
H.R. 801, the Reserve Component Employer Incentive, Compensation, and Relief Act of 2019.  This will ease employers’ burden and incentivize hiring of Reservist and National Guardsmen.

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Become an Original Cosponsor of the Tax Filing Simplification Act

Please join Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and me in introducing legislation that will make it easier and cheaper for Americans to file their taxes.
Senator Warren and I introduced this legislation in the previous Congress, and I think it’s important we once again assist all Americans with the tax filing process.

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Reinstate Middle Class Worker Tax Deductions

Please join me in becoming an original co-sponsor of legislation that would reinstate and make permanent
miscellaneous itemized deductions.  These deductions were suspended for taxable years 2018 through 2025 in the Republican “tax cuts.”

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Support IRS Enforcement and Modernization in FY2020

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers an incredible
return on investment: each dollar invested in enforcement will yield
more than four dollars of increased revenue for the federal government. It makes clear fiscal sense to provide robust funding for tax enforcement activities and other IRS services that improve taxpayer compliance and increase revenues. Please
join me in urging the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government to increase funding for the IRS in the FY2020 Budget.

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Undo the SALT cap: Cosponsor H.R. 1142, the Stop Attacks on Local Taxpayers (SALT) Act of 2019

We write to invite you to cosponsor H.R. 1142, the bipartisan, bicameral Stop Attacks on Local Taxpayers (SALT) Act of 2019.
The State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction has been a bedrock principle of the tax code since the  federal income tax was created in 1913, and the principle of state and local control of tax systems goes back to Alexander Hamilton’s writings in the Federalist
Papers. This important deduction allows taxpayers to write off taxes paid at the state and local level from their federal income tax bill so they won’t be subject to being taxed twice on the same dollar.  In 2017, about 30 percent of tax filers claimed the
deduction and more than 80 percent of those filers earned under $200,000.

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