GOP lawmakers are pushing back against ads from the conservative Club for Growth that target them over a border-adjustment tax proposal from House Republicans.
Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.), a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement that he is "disappointed" that the Club for Growth is running ads against the House GOP tax blueprint.
"Border adjustment is only one part of the tax reform plan that also slashes individual and corporate tax rates to make our country more competitive," Rice said. "Our global competitors apply border taxes to products built by American workers, and President Trump has repeatedly recognized the need for America to do something similar in order to level the playing field."
Rice added that his goal for tax reform is to boost economic competitiveness without increasing taxes.
"I am for growth: growth of our economy, growth of jobs, and growth of hope and opportunity for your children and grandchildren," he said. "I'm not sure what the Club for Growth is trying to grow outside of their own checkbook."
A spokesman for Roby, Todd Stacy, said groups like the Club for Growth shouldn't be spending their time criticizing Republicans.
“With special elections going on and Democrats more energized than ever, it’s sad that special interest groups like this are wasting time and money attacking conservatives and undermining President Trump," Stacy said in a statement. "Rep. Roby supports the President and believes Republicans in Congress need to be unified with the Trump administration in working to keep their promises to the American people."
Stacy also said that Roby has expressed concerns about how a border tax would affect businesses but there currently "isn’t a border adjustment bill to be ‘for’ or ‘against.’"
A spokesperson for Black, a Ways and Means Committee member and chairwoman of the House Budget Committee, said that the congresswoman is looking forward to upcoming hearings on tax reform.
"She goes in to these hearings to listen to the pros and cons on all aspects with the ultimate goal of creating a simpler, fairer tax code for all," the spokesperson said.
A representative for Culberson did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
- updated at 1:35 p.m.