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New Survey: Americans Want Tax Reform, Disapprove of Congress’ Progress

 Financial Expert Dan Celia: Tax Reform Possibly Pushed to 2018, But Congress Should Focus on Getting Something Done Now


PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—A new Fox News poll finds that about half (49 percent) of American voters say tax reform is important to pass this year, but nearly 8 in 10 (78 percent) don’t think it will happen.

Financial expert and nationally syndicated host Dan Celia isn’t surprised by these findings, knowing that tax reform will have a major impact on many Americans, as well as many American businesses.

The Fox poll also found that just 15 percent of voters approve of the job Congress is doing, while about five times as many—74 percent—disapprove.

Those numbers don’t surprise Celia either—not in the least.

“The idea that suddenly there will be some sort of a wake-up call is a stretch,” Celia wrote in a new op-ed today for, where he is a featured contributor. “We’d all like to dream of congressional leaders suddenly and magically deciding that Congress should actually be a functional body of the government—that they would do what is right for the American people, create jobs, allow the economy to thrive, incentivize corporate America to want to grow and prosper, and bring people back into the workforce because they see opportunity.

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see under-employed and poorly paid people come back into the workforce?” he continued. “To see Congress suddenly instill the notion that the American dream and opportunities for prosperity are alive and well? Yes, it would. But if there is any reason for concern about a tax reform bill being passed in 2018, it’s because of what we’ve learned watching the past eight years of Capitol Hill dysfunction.”

Fox’s poll also found that tax reform is much more important to Republicans (70 percent) than Democrats (29 percent). But the two parties have this in common: Both (76 percent of Republicans and 79 percent of Democrats) say it is unlikely Congress will make tax reform a reality.

Celia leads Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries (FISM, and focuses on important economic news and biblical investing during his daily, three-hour program, “Financial Issues,” heard on more than 630 stations nationwide and seen on NRBTV, which reaches 45 million households.

Read more about Celia, FISM and “Financial Issues” here. Visit the Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries web site at, its Facebook page, on YouTube at Financial Issues with Dan Celia or on Twitter @financialissues. Download the new Financial Issues app here.