With all the talk of fundamental tax reform permeating nearly every budget conversation these days in Washington, the FairTax is becoming more and more prevalent. Even more exciting to me is that in the midst of these discussions, the FairTax has gained its third co-sponsor in two weeks. Representative Jerry Lewis (R-CA) and Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) gave their support last week, and now Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) has announced that he will be joining our effort as a cosponsor of the FairTax as well; bringing FairTax support in the House up to 67, and support in the Senate up to 9. With all of the deficit debates happening, we need the voice of the FairTax to speak louder than ever. I am proud to have the support of Representatives Lewis, Hunter, and Hensarling.
Folks in Washington are just now catching on to what we have known for years – that our tax code is killing jobs and damaging America’s competitiveness in the global economy. Some want to close loopholes for oil and gas companies. Others talk about what a great idea a payroll tax holiday would be. What about closing every loop hole, subsidy, tax break, and special interest carve-out in our tax code completely? Why can’t we implement a permanent payroll tax holiday? We can – that is the promise of the FairTax.
On Friday, September 16, 2011, I sent a letter to Chairman Dave Camp and Ranking Member Sander Levin of the House Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax-writing body in Congress. In this letter, I urged them to consider a simple and straightforward consumption tax like the FairTax as they continue to debate how we should reform our mess of a tax code. I wanted to share this letter with you, and you can view the original text by clicking here.
There’s no question that Congress has to tackle our convoluted tax code sooner or later. There will be loud voices and competing ideas, but it is our job to make sure that the FairTax is well-represented in those conversations. I’m thrilled to have your continued support as I advocate on your behalf in Congress, and hope you will not hesitate to contact me if I may be of service to you.
Thank you again for your continued commitment to the FairTax and to freedom.
Member of Congress