In Columbus, Portman Hosts Tax Reform Roundtable

May 31, 2017 | Press Releases

COLUMBUS, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) hosted a roundtable discussion on the need for tax reform with local business leaders in Columbus, Ohio.

“I got a lot of valuable feedback today,” Senator Portman said. “And what I heard loud and clear was the same thing that business leaders across Ohio tell me wherever I go: that our tax code is too burdensome, too complicated, and decades out of date. Our broken tax code is encouraging our companies to take jobs and investments overseas; it’s making it easier for foreign companies to buy up our companies, and it’s making it harder to create jobs and raise wages in America. We need to reform our code so that we give Ohio workers a competitive advantage, and I’m working with my colleagues in the United States Senate right now to do just that.”

Portman has been a leader in efforts to reform the tax code and protect taxpayer rights. Last Congress, three Portman-authored bills designed to help in this effort to stop IRS abuses were signed into law by then-President Barack Obama. Portman, who has also hosted tax reform roundtables in Cleveland with the Greater Cleveland Partnership and in Cincinnati with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, has been named a “Hero of Main Street” and “Fiscal Hero” for his work on these issues.

In 2015, Portman reached a bipartisan agreement with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who is now the Senate Minority Leader, on a framework for international tax reform, an effort that could serve as a basis for broader reforms.

Following are photos of today’s event: