(House of Representatives - April 17, 2013)

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                               TAX REFORM

  (Mr. STEWART asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute.)
  Mr. STEWART. Like all Americans, my heart and prayers go out to the 
people of Boston.
  Mr. Speaker, I'm grateful for the opportunity to stand and speak on a 
very important issue today. It may not be as interesting, it may not 
grab as much attention as any other issue, but I'm not aware of any 
other thing that we could talk about that has the potential to 
invigorate our economy, to expand personal freedoms, and restore faith 
in our government and, frankly, in our future like this issue could. Of 
course I'm talking about meaningful, strategic tax reform.
  I was a business owner and CEO for 12 years. Because of that, I 
understand in a very personal way that the current tax system is rife 
with waste. It invites abuse. Worst of all, it creates so much 
uncertainty as to make it difficult, if not impossible, to make good 
decisions about our future.
  Again and again, we read stories and we see examples where the 
current Tax Code punishes success while ignoring the economic impacts 
of poor government policy. We can do better than this. We have an 
opportunity to do better than this. We must do better. Everyone will 
  Let's do this now.