Ripon Society Holds Discussion with Team Brady

WASHINGTON, DC — With more Americans working and the economy continuing to grow, The Ripon Society hosted a luncheon discussion yesterday afternoon with five senior staff members from the Ways & Means Committee, who not only discussed their work on legislation that helped produce this economic rebound, but their plan to keep this rebound going into next year.

The staff members participating in the discussion included: Gary Andres, who serves as Staff Director of the Ways & Means Committee; Angela Ellard, who serves as Chief Trade Counsel and is the Staff Director of the Trade Subcommittee; Barbara Angus, who serves as the Committee’s Chief Tax Counsel; Emily Henehan Murry, who serves as Staff Director of the Health Subcommittee; and, Paige Decker, who serves as the Committee’s Director of Coalitions & Member Services.

“A lot of good things are happening economically across America,” stated Jim Conzelman, the President & CEO of The Ripon Society. “And it is due in no small part to the efforts of the five individuals who are joining us this afternoon. Working under the direction of Ways & Means Chairman Kevin Brady, they helped write the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which not only reformed the tax code for the first time in over 30 years, but resulted in record unemployment and renewed economic growth.

“We appreciate them taking the time to be with us to discuss this historic legislation. We also appreciate hearing about their efforts to build on the success of this measure by passing Tax Reform 2.0, a set of bills that, among other things, will lock in tax relief for working families and make sure that Washington does not get in the way of the ability of small businesses to drive America’s economic growth.”

“A lot of good things are happening economically across America, and it is due in no small part to the efforts of the five individuals who are joining us this afternoon.”

According to Conzelman, yesterday’s panel discussion was attended by a crowd of over 100 people, and was the 55th event The Ripon Society has hosted so far in 2018. Upcoming events Ripon Society include: a luncheon discussion with U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (MO) on September 20th and a breakfast discussion on September 27th with U.S. Reps. Sam Graves (MO-6) and Jeff Denham (CA-10) along with Department of Transportation Under Secretary for Policy Derek Kan, focusing on rebuilding America’s infrastructure.

The Ripon Society is a public policy organization that was founded in 1962 and takes its name from the town where the Republican Party was born in 1854 – Ripon, Wisconsin. One of the main goals of The Ripon Society is to promote the ideas and principles that have made America great and contributed to the GOP’s success. These ideas include keeping our nation secure, keeping taxes low and having a federal government that is smaller, smarter and more accountable to the people.

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