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Congressman Lloyd Doggett

Representing the 35th District of Texas

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Growing Our Economy

I support efforts to bolster small businesses and local manufacturers to help grow our economy. I voted against the Republican tax bill, which will hurt middle-class families, balloon the national debt and lavishes tax breaks on those already atop the economic ladder. I discuss my concerns in this interview on PBS NewsHour.

Combating Tax Loopholes that Ship U.S. Jobs and Tax Dollars Offshore

Tax dodging by large multinational corporations is not a victimless offense.  The failure to close these tax loopholes means we are forced to borrow more from foreign creditors, like China and Saudi Arabia, or make hard-working families and small businesses pay the difference.

I have been a strong advocate for closing tax loopholes that allow multinational corporations to avoid paying their fair share. If they do not pay their fair share, it puts a greater burden on small businesses and families. Legislation I have offered would crack down on the abuse of offshore tax havens and curb incentives for shipping U.S. jobs and profits overseas.

American Families Need a Safety Net

Our system is not ready for the next recession. Economics experts know that during periods of prosperity and growth, we must ensure that our unemployment insurance system is ready for the next recession. Unless we are, the problems will only intensify. Well-functioning unemployment insurance is our first line of defense in keeping economic downturns from spreading or worsening. Recent recessions would have been far worse without unemployment insurance, including the extended benefits that my colleagues and I fought to continue until jobs were available. We need more action from Congress to ensure this vital protection is there when our constituents need it most.

Protecting Consumers

With my strong support, Congress enacted legislation to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a powerful consumer advocate. Consumers need protection from financial predators. When your family is counting on something--a home, a job, or a retirement plan--we should not let big government get in your way, but neither should we let other powerful forces, such as Wall Street banks, health insurance monopolies, or pharmaceutical giants, interfere. 

Opposition to Bank Bailouts

Without oversight, consumers lose. I voted against all of the Big Bank bailouts. While the Wall Street Reform bill should have done more -- much more -- about those Wall Street interests that are paid too much and taxed too little, it represented a modest but important step toward preventing future bailouts.

Keeping the Internet Open

I was one of the first members of Congress to oppose the so-called Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and urged the House Judiciary Committee to reject the bill’s overly broad language that could harm free speech and threaten cybersecurity. For Texas, the Internet continues to be an engine for economic growth and I continue to support net neutrality. We must ensure that we balance the goal of fighting copyright infringement with protecting the freedom of expression and creativity that has contributed to the success of the Internet. I remain committed to encouraging innovation and to promoting an unfettered internet for consumers and our many tech startups in the district.

San Antonio Missions National Park Expansion 

In 2014, President Obama signed into law legislation that included my bill to expand San Antonio Missions National Historical Park by 137 acres near Missions San José, San Juan, and Espada. The inclusion of more historical areas within the boundary of the park allows the National Park Service to protect significant cultural resources, including labores, original Spanish farm fields near Mission San Juan. In 2015, Congressman Doggett joined the National Park Service, Bexar County, and local leaders to ceremonially expand the Missions National Historical Park boundary. As San Antonio approaches its Tricenntenial, we continue to celebrate the the successful addition of all five San Antonio Missions to the UNESCO World Heritage List, which will boost our local economy. 

More on Growing Our Economy

November 17, 2017 In The News
WASHINGTON — In a big victory for Texas Republican Kevin Brady, the House passed a sweeping tax overhaul Thursday on a narrow party-line vote, setting up a showdown in the Senate that will test the unity of the GOP’s slim majority.
November 15, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee, participated in a gathering outside of the U.S. Capitol to urge rejection of the Republican tax scam (H.R. 1), which would jeopardize health care for millions and give tax breaks to the wealthiest few and multinational corporations.
November 15, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee, spoke three times on the House Floor against the House Republican tax bill (H.R. 1).
November 9, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee, spoke during the mark-up of the Republican tax bill (H.R. 1) after Chairman Brady introduced a last-minute 22-page manager’s amendment that would change the bill yet again.
November 9, 2017 In The News

A Senate plan to overhaul taxes being released Thursday will delay for one year a cut in the top corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%, one of President Trump's top priorities, according to a Senate staff member who was familiar with the bill but not authorized to discuss it publicly.

The House Ways and Means Committee was working Thursday to release its tax changes, which would immediately drop the corporate rate. But lawmakers are struggling to keep the total cost of tax cuts under a $1.5 trillion limit they set in a budget resolution adopted earlier this year.  

November 7, 2017 Press Release
Washington, DC – In the wake of the explosive Paradise Papers, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) called on Republicans to take up legislation to crack down on the use of offshore tax havens by corporations and the ultra-wealthy. The Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, introduced in April by Whitehouse and Doggett, would limit the ways corporations can game the U.S. tax system by moving jobs and assets abroad.
November 7, 2017 Press Release
Top Democrats said Monday that the so-called “Paradise Papers,” a leaked cache of millions of documents exposing major world figures’ use of offshore tax havens, are damning enough to derail the GOP’s push for an overhaul of the U.S. tax code. Several top Trump administration figures, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur J. Ross Jr., Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn and Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, appear in the data.
November 6, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This evening, Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee, spoke out against a surprise move by Ways and Means Republicans, who dropped a far-reaching 33-page amendment to a 400-plus page bill that itself only was made public on Thursday.
November 6, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Tax Policy Subcommittee, called the Republican tax bill (H.R. 1) a “job killer” and urged Americans to learn more and speak out against it.