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Congressman Lloyd Doggett

Representing the 35th District of Texas

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Growing Our Economy

To grow our economy, we need to invest in our workforce, in education, and job training. We need to fix our crumbling infrastructure, bringing it into the 21st century. We need to invest in health care, research and development, and bolster small businesses and local manufacturers.

I voted against the Republican tax bill because it threatens these vital investments in our economy, hurts working families, balloons the national debt, and threatens Social Security and Medicare, all to lavish tax breaks on multinational corporations and those already on the top rung of 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 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.

The Republican tax law created new incentives for multinationals to outsource American jobs abroad, and stash their profits in island tax havens.

I have been a strong advocate for closing tax loopholes that allow multinational corporations to avoid paying their fair share for our national security, infrastructure, and education system. My “No Tax Breaks for Outsourcing” Act would level the playing field for small and domestic businesses, ensuring that large multinationals pay the same rate on profits made abroad as they do here at home.

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.  Unfortunately, under the Trump Administration, the important work of the CFPB is being undone.

Opposition to Bank Bailouts

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

As a longtime advocate for a free and open internet for all, I have consistently supported net neutrality, which provides a level playing field for small businesses and entrepreneurs to compete, while protecting consumers from exorbitant fees for faster service. I am strongly opposed to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s repeal of the net neutrality rules. On multiple occasions, I urged him to remove this proposal from the FCC’s agenda and am sponsoring a congressional resolution to override the FCC's awful decision.  

I was also 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.

The internet is an engine for economic growth. We should balance the goal of fighting copyright infringement with protecting the freedom of expression and creativity that has contributed to the internet’s success. 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, I joined the National Park Service, Bexar County, and local leaders to ceremonially expand the Missions National Historical Park boundary. With San Antonio’s Tricenntenial, we continue to celebrate 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

March 27, 2019 In The News
Workforce Solutions Capital Area, the City of Austin and Austin Community College have teamed up for a first of its kind local initiative. The focus: combining their resources to create a team focused on lifting up jobless or low-wage earning workers to employment that provides a living wage.
March 13, 2019 In The News
Representative Lloyd Doggett and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse are introducing two bills Wednesday that would effectively repeal some provisions of the Republican tax overhaul of 2017 that the Democrats say encourage outsourcing.
March 13, 2019 Press Release
Washington, DC — Today, Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), a member of the Ways and Means Committee, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Finance Committee, introduced the No Tax Breaks for Outsourcing Act and the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act. Under the Trump Tax law, companies that ship jobs and invest overseas are eligible for special tax rates that may be half the domestic corporate tax rate and possibly even tax-free. The No Tax Breaks for Outsourcing Act would level the playing field for domestic companies by ensuring that multinationals pay the same tax rate on profits earned abroad as they do in the United States, ending these new tax incentives to outsource jobs and shift profits offshore.
March 7, 2019 Press Release
Washington, DC — Today, Chairman Doggett held a Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing on medicines in Medicare. Hearing from experts testifying to policy options and patient experience, it explored ways that Medicare can encourage affordability, competition, and access to medicines, as patients face a prescription drug affordability crisis. It featured expert witnesses Frederick Isasi, Executive Director, Families USA; Robin Feldman, Director of the Institute for Innovation Law, UC Hastings College of Law; Ameet Sarpatwari, Assistant Director of the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law (PORTAL) Harvard Medical School; Amy Kapczysnki, Co-Director of the Global Health Justice Partnership, Yale Law School; and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum.
February 25, 2019 In The News
WASHINGTON - Democratic Texas Rep. Lloyd Doggett, who took over a key health-care post in the new Congress, plans to meet with Trump administration officials amid signs of bipartisan momentum to address consumers’ desire to stem the rising costs of prescription drugs.
January 19, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Lloyd Doggett released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s disappointing announcement that he is not reopening government:
January 17, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Lloyd Doggett was named Chairman of the Health Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee, the oldest committee of the United States Congress. In addition, he will serve on the Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee (formerly Tax) and was named to serve on the House Budget Committee. He released the following statement:
September 13, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Tax Policy Subcommittee of Ways & Means, offered an amendment to prevent more tax breaks for multinationals until Republicans deliver on Trump’s promise of wage increases for working families. Watch his full remarks here. Excerpts below:
September 13, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Tax Policy Subcommittee of Ways & Means, spoke as the Ways & Means markup began concerning the second round of unpaid for Republican tax breaks for the wealthy. Watch his full remarks here. Excerpts here:
August 31, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), a senior member of the Trade Subcommittee of Ways & Means and the sole Texas Democrat, released the below statement regarding the today’s trade developments: