Posted by Heather Rutz on Aug 02, 2017
Following the collapse of healthcare reform, Congressman Jordan is focused on taxes.
U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, spoke to Lima Rotary Club just days after the collapse of an attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. While he was frustrated by the development, he said he’s now focused on tax reform.
The failure to pass a new healthcare law a “disappointing setback,” Jordan said, blaming some in Congress. Those senators voted for nearly identical legislation when it was sure to be vetoed by then-President Obama, but who didn’t vote for it now, when it would become law.
“They voted for it when it didn’t count, but now they can’t do it,” Jordan said. “It’s frustrating.”
Jordan wants to see a tax code with fewer income brackets, and a lower corporate rate. He also wants to see a work requirement with welfare programs as part of that tax reform. He also said he supported a sliding scale for programs such as food stamps, as another incentive to return to work, and not lose a safety net.
Jordan said he believes a repeal of Obamacare, tax reform, welfare reform and some other changes will lead to 3 percent economic growth in the country.
In other Rotary business:
Aaron McLaurine brought many students benefitting from his Soldiers of Honor Boxing Gym to Rotary Monday, to give the club an idea about how a foundation grant is helping his organization. To give the group some perspective, McLaurine said when he opened the after-school program, he budgeted for 25 children. He’s now serving more than 200. The gym went from being open 8 hours a week to 25.
The club is still looking for a handful of volunteers for the upcoming sponsorship of the Rally in the Square. See president Tracie Sanchez if you want to help.