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For Immediate Release
October 20, 2016
Bill to ‘Sunset the Tax Code’ Reaches 144 Cosponsors
ATR President Grover Norquist Endorses Legislation
PHILADELPHIA, PA — H.R. 27, a bill to Sunset the Tax Code on Jan. 1, 2020 for the purpose of setting a hard deadline for tax reform, has now reached 144 cosponsors in the House. The legislation, authored by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is supported by a wide cross section of House members, with nine full committee chairs, including House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), members of leadership like Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Greg Walden (R-OR), several members of the House Freedom Caucus, and bipartisan support from Collin Peterson (D-MN).
“For years in Washington there has been a growing rumble about the need for comprehensive tax reform,” said Chairman Goodlatte. “And the American people have long asked for a simpler, fairer tax code. It’s clear that the time for tax reform is now. The Tax Code Termination Act provides the push needed to move comprehensive tax reform forward. Now, with over 100 bipartisan cosponsors, it’s clear that there is mounting support to scrap the tax code and start work on a new tax system. It has become all too clear that the current code is broken beyond repair and cannot be fixed – we must start over. While I have yet to hear an argument for maintaining our current tax code, I hear argument after argument for why we need a new one. Comprehensive tax reform will not happen overnight, but we should not delay taking a first step forward. Setting a date certain for a new tax system will provide a real timeline for action. I urge my colleagues to sign on in support of the Tax Code Termination Act, and provide the spark needed to bring real tax reform across the finish line.”
Additionally, this past week Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist endorsed the legislation in a letter sent to all 535 members of Congress.
“‘Sunset the Tax code’ will be a powerful tool to convince Congress to begin the heavy lifting of rewriting our broken tax code,” said Norquist. “Everyone knows something must be done, and this will be the catalyst to action.”
Let Freedom Ring (LFR), a public policy non-profit organization committed to promoting Constitutional government, free enterprise and traditional values, launched the Sunset the Tax Code effort last year with the goal of passing H.R. 27 to help create the conditions for tax reform and encourage Congress to work from a clean slate on new legislation.
“We are pleased to have such strong support representing an ideologically broad range of members in Congress,” said Let Freedom Ring president Colin Hanna. “This is the year for Congress to show their seriousness on tax reform by passing this legislation to Sunset the Tax Code. A deadline will focus Congress on this urgent issue. And all members, regardless of ideology, support major tax reform. We need to break the logjam and H.R. 27 is the way to do it.”
The members cosponsoring the legislation are: Rick Allen (R-GA), Justin Amash (R-MI), Mark Amodei (R-NV), Brian Babin (R-TX), Dan Benishek (R-MI), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Mike Bishop (R-MI), Rob Bishop (R-UT), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Bost (R-IL), Kevin Brady (R-TX), Dave Brat (R-VA), Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Michael Burgess (R-TX), Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Buddy Carter (R-GA), John Carter (R-TX), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), John Culberson (R-TX), Ron DeSantis (R-FL), John Duncan (R-TN), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Stephen Fincher (R-TN), John Fleming (R-LA), Bill Flores (R-TX), Randy Forbes (R-VA), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Kay Granger (R-TX), Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Frank Guinta (R-NH), Andy Harris (R-MD), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Jody Hice (R-GA), French Hill (R-AR), Richard Hudson (R-NC), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Robert Hurt (R-VA), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Walter Jones (R-NC), Jim Jordan (R-OH), David Joyce (R-OH), John Kline (R-MN), Raul Labrador (R-ID), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Robert Latta (R-OH), Billy Long (R-MO), Frank Lucas (R-OK), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO), Tom Marino (R-PA), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Ptrick McHenry (R-NC), David McKinley (R-WV), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Luke Messer (R-IN), Alex Mooney (R-WV), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Pete Olson (R-TX), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Steve Pearce (R-NM), Collin Peterson (D-MN), Robert Pittenger (R-NC), Joe Pitts (R-PA), Ted Poe (R-TX), Bill Posey (R-FL), Tom Price (R-GA), John Ratcliffe (R-TX), Reid Ribble (R-WI), Scott Rigell (R-VA), David Roe (R-TN), Mike Rogers (R-AL), David Rouzer (R-NC), David Schweikert (R-AZ), Austin Scott (R-GA), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Pete Sessions (R-TX), John Shimkus (R-IL), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Glenn Thompson (R-PA), Tim Walberg (R-MI), Greg Walden (R-OR), Randy Weber (R-TX), Daniel Webster (R-FL), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Roger Williams (R-TX), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Robert Wittman (R-VA), Rob Woodall (R-GA), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Glen Grothman (R-WI), Scott Perry (R-PA), Scott Tipton (R-CO), Rodney Davis (R-IL), David Trott (R-MI), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), James Renacci (R-OH)
HR 27 has been referred to the House Ways and Means committee and its supporters are seeking a Tax Policy subcommittee hearing in the next few weeks.
Citizens who wish to learn more may visit: http://www.SunsetTheTaxCode.com.
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Colin Hanna is President of Let Freedom Ring, a 501 (c)(4) public policy non-profit organization committed to promoting Constitutional government, free enterprise and traditional values.