For too long government has assumed that a percentage of an individual’s income is owed to them. However, I believe that it is the government who is beholden to the people. Individuals should expect results from the hard earned money that they turn over every year to the federal government. Everyone who works hard deserves to keep the money they earn and, in turn, spend or save as they see fit. By letting the people keep more of their income, they are able to spend more on goods and services thereby contributing to a robust national economy. When taxes are raised, people are inclined to spend less and our economy suffers. That is why, since my first term in office, I have consistently worked for lower taxes and less government spending.

I share hard working Americans’ frustration with the Internal Revenue Service and our current convoluted tax code. I believe that Congress should encourage a full discussion and act on fundamental tax reform. Whether it is a flat income tax, a national sales tax or another idea, I will support a tax plan which provides fairness to the taxpayer and makes the system less complicated.

I have consistently voted for lower taxes, and will continue to do so. In recent years, Congress has cut the marriage penalty tax, increased the child tax credit, lowered tax rates for everyone, and I will continue to work to end the death tax once and for all.

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August 24, 2021 Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement in response to the House passage of the budget reconciliation legislation:

February 5, 2019 Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement on the State of the Union Address:


“There’s no doubt that we live in a polarized political environment right now, but if you stop and focus on the actual policies the President is outlining you will see that these are generally common-sense ideas that have broad support in our country. I believe we can accomplish tremendous things if we put politics aside and just focus on what’s best for American families."



December 19, 2017 Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) voted along with a majority (227 to 203) of the House of Representatives to approve the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act conference report.


August 3, 2012 Press Release
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January 24, 2012 In The News
Rep. Calvert (R-CA) issued the following statement in advance of tonight's State of the Union Address by President Obama:

December 17, 2010 Press Release

Last night Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA) voted in favor of the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010 (H.R. 4853) which prevents a tax increase on working Americans, small businesses and job-creating investments. The bill passed the House by a vote of 277 to 148.

December 2, 2010 Press Release

Today Rep. Calvert (R-CA) voted against the so-called "Middle Class Tax Relief Act" (H.R. 4853), and opposed Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) and her cohorts for stifling job growth, attacking businesses and playing class politics. H.R. 4853 passed the House by a vote of 234 to 188, despite opposition from Republicans and 20 Democrats.

September 23, 2010 Press Release

Today House Republicans, including Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), introduced the "Pledge to America" which defines how Republicans will lead America back to prosperity and opportunity.

August 24, 2010 Newsletter
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March 25, 2010 Press Release
Today Rep. Calvert (R-CA) voted against yet another Democrat spending bill, H.R. 4899, the "Disaster Relief and Summer Jobs Act."  The bill passed on the heels of the Democrats almost one trillion dollar health care bill.