For months, Congress has been focused on extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, but with no results. American taxpayers were clear in last month’s election that they are expecting results, and this week those results are beginning to appear. What a difference an election makes! In 2003 with a Republican House and a Republican president, the “2003 tax cuts” were passed by the narrowest of margins when Vice President Dick Cheney cast the tie-breaking 51st vote in the Senate. Today, with a Democratic House and a Democratic president, this deal proposes that Congress pass those tax cuts again.  The American voter is being heard loud and clear.

Understanding that conservatives are not in control of the Congress or the White House today, the proposed tax deal is a positive first step for this country. Instead of continuing to punish those who work hard and save for a rainy day, the 2001 and 2003 tax cut extensions allow small businesses to thrive without the massive hand of the IRS digging into their pockets. Instead of returning to the crippling Death Tax rate of 55 percent, this deal lowers that rate and raises the exemption. Had this deal not been struck, too many Americans would have had their homes taken by Uncle Sam rather than left to their children and grandchildren.

For those who dislike this tax deal, let me be clear that this deal is not the end of the discussion on helping small businesses and working families; it is a beginning. There is so much more to do, and when a Republican House is sworn in next month, you can be certain that we will begin to do it. We will move forward with conservative solutions -- no more government bailouts of private industry, no more needless over-regulation of small businesses, no more wasteful stimulus programs that grow the size of government, and no more punitive taxation. We have big problems to solve, and we must thoughtfully consider big solutions, like incoming Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled Krystal Ball issues warning to Biden supporters Saagar Enjeti: Crenshaw's conservatism will doom future of GOP MORE’s (R-Wis.) “Roadmap for America’s Future,” or incoming Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price’s (R-Ga.) “Empowering Patients First Act,” as an alternative to Obamacare.  Furthermore, we must consider the “FairTax Act,” which I will introduce on my very first day in Congress. When we form a new Republican majority in the House in January, we will push forward toward more transformative legislation in the 112th Congress.

Rob WoodallWilliam (Rob) Robert WoodallHere are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad The House Republicans and Democrats not seeking reelection in 2020 MORE is the Congressman-elect for Georgia's 7th Congressional District. Woodall is the former Chief of Staff to retiring Congressman John Linder (R-Ga.-7) and is co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, “FairTax: the Truth”. The FairTax is the most widely cosponsored fundamental tax reform bill in either the U.S. House or Senate.