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Friday, January 04, 2013

Links and Quotes- 85 House GOP Betrayed Their Own Stated Positions By Voting For Fiscal Cliff Tax Hike

By Susan Duclos

Recently the House of Representatives passed the Senate generated fiscal cliff deal which included tax hikes on 77 percent of Americans.

Via Chicago Tribune: "The fiscal cliff deal raises $41 in taxes for every dollar it cuts in spending -- not just by raising rates on the wealthy, but also by raising payroll taxes on everyone."

Furthermore, they voted to raise the death tax to 40 percent from 35 percent with their "aye" vote for the fiscal cliff deal.

85 so-called Republicans in the House voted for this deal along with all but 16 Democrats and 151 Republicans voted against it. (List of those House GOP members embedded here)

When I called the yes votes for the deal, by the 85 Republicans, a betrayal to their constituents, someone on Twitter asked me is that wasn't a bit presumptive. Then I explained that when a politicians breaks their promises, betrays there very own stated positions which is what got them elected, with a vote that goes against those positions, it is a betrayal.

So, he asked me for some links.

The links were very easy to find...... the House GOP members very own websites.

The embedded list of 85 that voted aye for the fiscal cliff deal is in alphabetical order.

(Note- Each of these "Aye" vote Republicans, that are still in office, are up for reelection in the 2014 midterms. The remaining GOP Representatives still holding office should be removed at that time for breaking their own words, pledges, and statements listed below taken from their very own websites.

Compare their publicly stated stances with their "aye" vote on the fiscal cliff deal which raises taxes, does nothing to control spending, adds almost $4 trillion to our deficit over the next decade and increases the death tax to 40 percent.)

Starting with Alexander, Rodney (R-LA)- Issues/Taxes:

We cannot continue to tax and spend our way to a successful economy. I join many of my colleagues in calling on Congress to oppose raising taxes and to make fixing our nation’s outdated tax system a priority. Thomas Jefferson once said, “...a wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.” I am committed to ending the threat of job-killing tax hikes and ensuring that hard-working taxpayers no longer fund Washington’s wasteful spending.

Barletta, Lou (R-PA)- Economy/Spending:

Also, the Congressman voted in favor of the Budget Control Act, S. 365. The Budget Control Act implements real cuts and spending caps totaling $917 billion over the next 10 years – all without raising taxes.

The next was Charles Bass, NH, but he lost his bid for reelection in the 2012 elections. His congressional website is now down.

Benishek, Dan (R-MI)- Tax Reform and Budget/Spending-

Dr. Benishek Supports National Effort to “Stop the Tax Hike

Dr. Benishek: “Mr. President: Let’s Reduce Wasteful Spending, Instead of Raising Taxes”

Biggert, Judy (R- IL) was defeated in her 2012 re-election bid by former US Congressman Bill Foster.- Congressional website no longer available.

Bilbray, Brian (R- CA), Congressional website no longer available.

Boehner, John, (R-OH)- Cutting taxes and creating jobs.

Blog - Boehner: Democrats’ “Thelma & Louise” Tax Hike Threatens Jobs, Families 10.16.2012

Weekly Column - Boehner Column: Senate Democrats’ “Thelma & Louise” Tax Ploy Threatens American Jobs 10.12.2012

Bono Mack, Mary (R- CA),  lost her seat in the 2012 United States elections. Congressional website no longer available.

Brady, Kevin (R-TX)- Issues, Taxes:

We are an over-taxed nation. Families and businesses send too much of their money to Washington and Congress hasn’t spent it wisely enough.

One of my top priorities in Congress is to lower the tax burden on American families and ensure small businesses have the capital they need to be successful and create jobs. My position as a senior member of the Committee on Ways and Means has enabled me to have a direct impact on our nation’s tax laws and fight against tax increases. As you know, my preference is replace the complicated tax code we have with a Fair Tax that ends the need for a massive tax bureaucracy. In lieu of ending the tax code, I am for comprehensive tax reform that creates more taxpayers and makes it easier to file and pay taxes in America.

Buchanon, Vern (R-FL)- Economy:

In the 111th Congress, I voted for the "Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010" to prevent tax increases in an economic downturn. The legislation, which became law, extended current tax rates for all Americans, preventing what would have been the largest tax increase in the history of the United States. The Wall Street Journal reported that 48% of small businesses would be negatively affected had the current tax rate was not extended.

If we are serious about reducing unemployment and strengthening our economy, we should let people keep more of their own money and help small businesses grow, not punish them with higher taxes. America's greatness comes from its people and their innovation, not more government intrusion.

Calvert, Ken (R-CA)- Taxes:

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.

Camp, David (R-MI)- Jobs and Economy:

 My number one priority as your voice in Congress is fostering economic growth and job creation by reducing out-of-control federal spending, preventing job-killing tax hikes,pursuing comprehensive tax reform, and reducing unnecessary and burdensome federal regulations.

 Coble, Howard (R-NC)- Taxes:

I still believe that smaller government and lower taxes are the most effective economic policies.  Working Americans now pay more in taxes than at any time in history.  If you add up the costs of federal, state and local taxes, the average citizen pays more than half of his/her income to the government.  We should meet the most pressing needs of the government by cutting waste, fraud and inefficiency – not by letting Washington make another grab into the taxpayers' pockets.

Cole, Tom (R-OK)- Economy/Taxes:

I believe American families and small businesses are taxed too much. Furthermore, I believe the system through which we collect these taxes is overly burdensome, too complex, and fundamentally unfair in many respects. Consequently, I am an advocate of fundamental and comprehensive tax reform.

Crenshaw, Ander (R-FL)- Tax Reform:

There’s no question we need to reform our tax codes.  Not only must we push to make the Bush tax cuts permanent, taxpayers also deserve a more efficient, better managed system.

Denham, Jeff (R-CA)- Issue/Taxes:

Dent, Charlie (R-PA)-   No issues page. Via  Project Vote Smart: Charlie Dent refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders. This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

Diaz-Balart, Mario (R-FL)- Tax Relief:

American families work hard, yet are burdened with a complex and costly tax code.  I strongly believe that tax relief is an important step in securing a healthy economy and stimulating job growth.  Tax relief helps honest, hard-working people save more of their earnings while stimulating the country’s economy.

I support efforts to eliminate unfair taxes, such as the marriage penalty and the death tax.  I will continue to support these measures and others that seek to eliminate unfair taxes that only prevent economic growth, savings and job creation.

Dold, Robert (R-IL)- Defeated in 2012 elections. Congressional website no longer available.

Dreier, David (R-CA)-  Retired- Congressional website no longer available.

Emerson, Jo Ann (R-MO)Taxes:

There is a fine line that the federal government must walk when implementing taxes. The government must take in enough revenue to operate, yet it must not over-burden the tax payer who works hard for his or her salary. Additionally, America has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, a fact which drives jobs and investment overseas. The federal government needs to create a climate that encourages fiscal growth with the tax code ultimately results in opportunity for businesses and employees alike.

Fitzpatrick, Michael (R- PA)- Taxes:

The federal tax code is too complex and burdensome on Americans.  Its massive scope can often be confusing and difficult for citizens making good faith efforts to comply.  Lower taxes encourage growth and investment in the private sector.
Economy and Jobs:

Our country is facing one of the greatest economic challenges of a generation. The way back to prosperity lies in the private sector and with America’s greatest asset: the American worker. American workers can compete with any in the world as long as they are competing on a level playing field. The government does not create jobs, it creates an environment for small businesses and private industry to invest and grow. By keeping taxes low and government interference at a minimum our economy will recover and Americans will get back to work.

Fortenberry, Jeff (R- NE) - signed ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge which states :

I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.

Frelinghuysen, Rodney (R-NJ)Taxes:

With America still in the midst of a serious economic slowdown, New Jersey families have felt a great deal of uncertainty as their incomes, savings and jobs remain in jeopardy. With an official state jobless rate above 9-percent, many have already lost their jobs. Many have seen their work hours reduced or have been forced to take a pay cut.

At the same time, New Jersey taxpayers already bear one of the heaviest tax burdens in the nation from state taxation.

To me, there could not be a worse time to raise federal taxes!

Clearly, Americans are not taxed too little!
The federal government spends too much!
That is precisely why I am committed to lowering our tax burden wherever and whenever I can.

Gallegly, Elton (R-CA) - Announced on January 5, 2012, that he would not be seeking re-election. Congressional website no longer available.

Gerlach, Jim (R-PA)-  No issues/taxes page for Gerlach, but after his 2011 vote he stated:

 "The House has listened to families, taxpayers, business owners and seniors in adopting a financially-responsible plan that avoids raising taxes on anyone right before Christmas and boosts confidence so that businesses can hire people and get our economy growing again...

Then he voted to raise taxes in 2013 on 77 percent of Americans.

Gibson, Chris (R-NY)- Previously had signed the ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge (Shown above) and under Economy and Jobs, states:

The two biggest issues before the American people are growing the economy to create jobs and ensuring fiscal responsibility.  We will never balance the budget at over nine percent unemployment and without removing the impediments to growth.  It is also clear we need to make significant reductions in spending, given our $1.6 trillion federal deficit and $14 trillion national debt.  This is not a partisan issue – both parties got us into this mess – and both Republicans and Democrats will get us out.  Everything must be on the table, and spending levels should be returned to pre-bailout, pre-stimulus FY 2008 levels. 

Voted for the fiscal cliff deal which only had $1 of spending cuts for every $41 dollars of tax increases.

Grimm, Michael (R- NY)- Tax Reform:

The U.S. tax code has become too complex and adding new taxes only creates further obstacles for America's job creators. I support a systemic reform to our tax code that makes it fairer, flatter, and simpler - helping to remove barriers to job creation and putting more money back in the hands of the hard-working people of Staten Island and Brooklyn.

 We have deficits because Washington spends too much, not because Americans are taxed too little. When Republicans provided tax relief in 2003, the amount of revenue collected by the government went up by more than $700 billion over five years and the deficit went down. Tax rates have been stable for the past ten years, while Washington has added over $5 trillion in new debt. That has helped produce four trillion-dollar deficits in a row.  This tells Washington that it has to stop spending money we don’t have.

Those who contend that Washington should increase taxes on American families and job producers to pay for this spending binge must be willing to increase revenue “by more than 50 percent” just to keep debt at its current level, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Hanna, Richard (R-NY)Hanna claims:

Hanna used the tour as an opportunity to promote what he calls his business-friendly tax policy. He wants to lower the corporate tax rate to 25 percent while closing special interest loopholes. He wants to extend the Bush-era tax cuts. And Hanna wants to lower taxes on money brought to the US by American companies who made profits overseas.

 Hastings, Doc (R-WA)- Taxes:

Individuals, families and small businesses are best able to make decisions about how to save, spend and invest – not the federal government.  Americans deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money and they deserve a simple tax code that is clear and understandable.

I have voted for several major tax relief measures including reducing income tax rates for all workers, restoring the state sales tax deduction for Washingtonians, increasing the child tax credit, ending the marriage tax penalty and the death tax, and creating incentives to help Americans save for college.

I opposed efforts in Congress to impose a national energy tax on every American family and business.  I will continue to oppose this job-killing tax as the debate moves to the Administration, where the Environmental Protection Agency is threatening to bypass Congress and impose this tax on Americans through regulations.

Raising taxes hurts families, costs jobs and harms our economy.

The deficit has not been caused by the government taxing too little – it has been caused by this Congress and this Administration spending too much. 

Hayworth, Nan (R-NY)-  Defeated in her bid for reelection on November 6th, 2012. Congressional website no longer available.

Heck, Joe (R-NV)- Economy and Jobs:

Uncertainty is gripping our economy. It is felt by families and job creators across Nevada, and it is why our economy hasn’t recovered. The uncertainty stems from the federal government’s spending, leading families to wonder if their taxes will go up to pay for Washington’s misadventures. The uncertainty stems from government’s overly burdensome regulations, leading businesses to wonder if they will be forced to spend more money complying with regulations instead of hiring new workers.

The Solution

Job creation and turning our economy around is my top priority in Congress. As a former small-business owner, I know what it takes to run a business, make a payroll and create jobs. Since coming to Congress, I have supported several pieces of legislation that will restore fiscal discipline, reduce taxes and spur job creation in our country.

Herger, Wally (R-CA)- On January 10, 2012, Herger announced he would not seek re-election to the House in November. Congressional website no longer available.

Herrera Beutler, Jaime (R-WA)Jobs and our Economy:

Small business and private enterprise act as America’s engine for job creation, but right now these job creators are struggling to survive.  We know that big-spending government programs, bailouts and new taxes haven’t helped. In fact, stimulus packages paid for by businesses and families have hurt jobs.  Yet Congress has a central role to play in restarting Southwest Washington’s economy.

Johnson, Timothy (R-IL) Did not run for reelection in 2012. Congressional website no longer available.

Johnson, Bill (R-OH)- Jobs and the Economy:

Growing the economy requires dedication to traditional American economic values. We must remove barriers so that small business owners can do what they do best – create jobs. We must innovate, as is our heritage, and compete in the global economy. We must create wealth, not distribute it. And we must reduce taxes. Today’s Federal tax code penalizes the wealthy and incentivizes the poor to subsist on entitlement programs. Reducing taxes at all levels of income will stimulate the economy both from the top down (allowing more investment in business and job creation) and from the bottom up (giving people more purchasing power).

Kelly, Mike (R-PA)Tax Reform:

By bringing a common sense approach to government, I will fight hard to lower taxes for our working families and job creators. I believe that taxpayers are in the best possible position to determine how to spend their own money, not bureaucrats in Washington. It is critical that Congress finds ways to reduce taxes upon individuals, as well as the compliance costs associated with filling out complex and lengthy forms. Tax revenue is generated by ensuring people are working and profitable. It should not come from raising tax rates. Accordingly, I have made a promise to my constituents that I will never vote for a tax increase.

King, Pete (R-NY)Signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, to never vote for tax increases, then voted to raise taxes in the 2013 fiscal cliff deal.

 Kinzinger, Adam (R-IL)- Jobs and the Economy:

In the 112thCongress, our focus must not be on more government spending but rather on eliminating job-killing federal regulations, ensuring low tax rates and expanding trade markets for U.S. manufacturers and farmers.

Ensuring Low Tax Rates

 Americans know best, how to spend their hard-earned money than the federal government does.  As a result, I will oppose any federal income tax increase.  Ultimately, I would like to see a tax code with many fewer deductions and special credits on both the personal and corporate side, and a tax code that does more to encourage economic growth.

Kline, John (R-MN)- Economy:

Any legislation designed to revive and renew our economy should help American families and small businesses by preserving and creating more jobs in America. Americans should be able to keep more of their hard-earned money – to save, spend or invest. Legislation based on those principles would put America on a direct road to economic recovery.

To read more about Congressman John Kline's efforts and views on protecting the American taxpayers and ensuring our economic recovery, click on one of the links below:


The American people, not the federal government, should be able to determine how best to spend their hard-earned money. One of Congressman Kline’s top priorities in Congress is pushing for comprehensive reform of our tax system that would put more money back into the pockets of taxpayers.
Keeping taxes low allows families to build a better life for themselves and their children, enables businesses – large and small – to create jobs and compete in the global marketplace, and provides an environment in which innovation can flourish.

Lance, Leonard (R-NJ)- Tax Relief and Reform:

Congressman Leonard Lance believes New Jerseyeans pay too much in taxes.  New Jersey also has the highest state and local tax burden, the second highest business tax burden and the state collects more property taxes per capita than any other jurisdiction.

For his part, Congressman Lance supports renewing the soon-to-expire 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts, and has been a vocal opponent to the president’s plan to raise taxes on New Jerseyeans making $250,000 or more.

Congressman Lance voted in favor of fully eliminating the “death tax” and is a cosponsor of legislation to repeal the onerous Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).  New Jersey’s Seventh District is in the top 10 of congressional districts whose constituents are adversely affected by the AMT.


In Congress leaders have put forth a so-called jobs plan that includes higher taxes, more spending, record debt, more regulations and government-run health care.

That’s not a plan to create jobs and jump-start our ailing economy.

I believe I have a better plan for our economy.
First, let’s pass meaningful tax relief for individuals and businesses. This includes renewing the expiring Bush tax cuts. And we should pass additional relief for small businesses to expand and hire.

LaTourette, Steve (R-OH) Did not run for reelection in 2012. Congressional website no longer available.

 Latta, Bob (R-OH) July 2012 statement on hiking taxes, via a press release on his website:

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement on the Senate Democrats' tax measure that passed the Senate on party-line, this Wednesday:

“Despite a fragile economy and an unemployment rate that lingers above 8 percent, President Obama and Senate Democrats continue to move forward with their plans to increase taxes on small businesses. An independent study reports that this tax increase will kill more than 700,000 jobs in the U.S. and shrink the wages of struggling Americans.

Under this tax plan, 3.5 percent of small business owners who generate 53 percent of small business income will be exposed to higher taxes next year. Rather than slam small businesses with a tax hike that will make it harder to get the economy back on track and for Americans to find work, it is time to stop the tax hike, and to move forward with comprehensive tax reform that provides job creators, our small businesses and entrepreneurs, with the certainty they need to grow their businesses,” said Congressman Latta.

Lobiondo, Frank (R-NJ)-  Has no specific statements on his site, just generic "issues must be worked on", but previous statements are recorded throughout the news when he was campaigning to be elected, vowing he was against tax increases:


Frank LoBiondo won election to Congress in 1994 during the so-called Republican Revolution, in part because of his promises to cut taxes, reduce wasteful spending and limit his stay in Washington to six terms. He has since reneged on this last promise.

"Fiscal responsibility is at the heart of what the Republican Party stands for," LoBiondo said. He added: "I am again challenging Bill Gormley to . . . reject the notion that the federal government must raise taxes to balance the budget."

Gormley has maintained that there is little if any difference between the way he and LoBiondo have voted on state tax measures. LoBiondo countered yesterday that Gormley signaled his intent to raise taxes while running for governor in 1989.

"He's not going to be able to run away from it," LoBiondo said. "He believes that increases in taxes is the way to go."

 Lucas, Frank (R-OK)- Lower Taxes and government Spending:

I have opposed – and will continue to oppose – spending initiatives that dramatically increase the size and scope of the federal government while adding to our already massive national debt. I have long been a supporter of tax reform and will continue to fight against increases in taxes and wasteful federal spending. Congress must get back to the business of fiscal responsibility and strive for a balanced budget without raising the taxes of hard-working Americans.

Economy and Jobs:

We need to put money back in the pockets of the American people by cutting taxes on American families and small businesses. This will raise the standard of living and encourage economic growth by lowering the cost to do business. As we have learned from history, increased taxes do nothing but grow the size of government and stifle economic growth. Second, just as families across this country are doing right now, the federal government must begin to tighten their proverbial belt and cut back on spending .

 Luetkemeyer, Blaine (R-MO)- Taxes:

I have heard from a number of folks in the 3rd District who are worried about tax increases and are interested in a new approach to government taxation in our country. First, please know that I oppose raising taxes. I firmly believe that the money in your pocket is your money, not the government’s, and you need to be able to keep as much of your hard-earned dollars as possible.

I believe that Congress must address the long-term economic issues facing our nation, which is why I favor fundamental tax reform. Our current tax system is inefficient, discourages savings and investment and hinders economic growth. 

Lungren, Dan (R-CA)- Lungren lost his re-election bid in the November 2012 election. Congressional website no longer available.

Manzullo, Donald (R- IL)- He was defeated in the 2012 Republican Primary on March 20, 2012. Congressional website no longer available.

Marino, Tom (R-PA)- Tax Reform: August 2012, Marino's site offers a press release which touts "Marino Acts To  'Stop The Tax Hike'":

“This week, the House of Representatives continued to fulfill its promise to all American taxpayers and small businesses by passing legislation that will prevent a massive tax increase, protect at least 700,000 jobs, and set the stage for enactment of comprehensive tax reform that will lower individual and business rates and eliminate loopholes.  Corporations in this country currently have the highest tax rate in the world at 39.2%.  We must keep taxes low and continue our efforts to reform the tax code to boost the economy and create jobs.


 “President Obama made a lot of promises to the American people in 2008.  He promised that no family making less than $250,000 would see any form of tax increase.  He promised that passage of his ‘stimulus’ bill would keep unemployment below 8 percent.  Unfortunately, President Obama’s rhetoric has not matched his actions and his failed policies have left unemployment at or above 8 percent for 41 consecutive months.  Members of the House will not stand idly by while this President enacts the single largest tax increase on hardworking American families.”

 McKeon, Buck (R-CA)- Economy:

Since 2008, we’ve seen record unemployment, skyrocketing debt, and a crumbling economy. When Republicans took control of the House in 2010, we promised you a new path to prosperity and we have kept to our promise: lowering taxes, repealing Obamacare, and ending the crippling government mandates placed on the shoulders of middle class families and business owners alike.

McMorris Rodgers, Cathy (R- WA)- Economy/Jobs:

Looking ahead, I will continue to advocate for policies that unleash the power of free minds and free markets; and I will continue to oppose policies that take money out of the hands of hard-working taxpayers to reward the special interests.

Meehan, Patrick (R-PA)- Meehan Votes to Protect Middle Class Families, Small Businesses from Massive Tax Hike

Although Congressman Miller is concerned the unemployment benefits contained in the proposal are not paid for, he supported the bill because it is imperative Congress act to prevent a job-killing tax increase from hitting American families and small businesses.  Without such action, more Americans would be added to the unemployment rolls and small businesses will continue to face an increasingly uncertain economic climate, which will consequently hamper economic growth and job creation.

November 8, 2012, Miller insisted that the fiscal cliff could be averted without tax hikes and is directly quoted as saying :

"That's the worst thing we can do, is to raise taxes on the American people."

Murphy, Tim (R- PA)- No issues page on his website, so perhaps the best example of his broken promises and empty words is his own quote "What we need here is not more taxes, it’s more taxpayers and more jobs."

 Noem, Kristi (R-SD)- Taxes:

Washington must balance our budget through fiscal discipline, not raising taxes on hardworking South Dakota families and small businesses. The paycheck you earn belongs to you, not the government. That is why I believe we should let taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money while forcing Washington to start living within its means.

I voted to stop the historic tax increase scheduled to take effect at the end of 2012 by extending current tax rates for all Americans. Raising taxes while our economy is still recovering is the wrong thing to do.

I also continue to support full repeal of the unfair death tax. The death tax hurts family farms, ranches and small businesses at the worst possible time, something I know first-hand. Death simply should not be a taxable event.

Noem's "aye" vote just helped make those death taxes permanent.

Pitts, Joe (R- PA)- Tax Relief:

 Strong words for a man who just voted to increase taxes huh?

Platts, Todd Russell (R-PA)- In January 2012, Platts announced his intention to retire from Congress. Congressional website no longer available.

Reed, Tom (R-NY)Tax Reform:

Congressman Reed strongly believes that the tax burden on American families and businesses should be reduced.  Particularly in a tough economic environment, the last thing families or employers can afford is more taxes.  In fact, Congressman Reed supported legislation to extend current tax rates for two years and lowers payroll taxes for working Americans so they can keep more of their paycheck.  Failure to pass this legislation would directly impact every person and business, lead to greater unemployment and a longer recession.  The poorest taxpayers would take a hit of more than $500. The average middle class family in the 29th District would pay more than $1500 in increased taxes.

Congressman Reed believes the government already takes enough from our families and businesses and supports extending these tax rates permanently to provide middle class Americans and small business owners certainly to properly plan and budget so they can grow and create new job opportunities.

Reichert, Dave (R-WA)Tax Policy:

I have serious concerns with proposals to raise taxes on families and small businesses. Congress should be focused on advancing the best solutions to spur economic recovery. My philosophy on job creation is that we should empower job creators – chief among them the American small businesses that create 80% of the jobs in our country. 

Evidently it didn't "concern" him enough, he just raised taxes on Americans.

Ribble, Reid (R- WI)- Taxes:

It is exceedingly complex and full of lobbyist-written loopholes, subsidies and handouts designed to benefit specific interests. I have been a firm advocate of streamlining and simplifying the tax code; our government needs a focused and extensive effort to completely reform our tax system.  I am hopeful that the process by the House Ways and Means Committee will yield a fairer system that reduces the tax burden on all Americans while generating revenue to meet our nation’s needs.  It’s not right that special interests have worked for decades to write the tax code in their favor and I believe we need to clean out the mess and start over.

Rogers, Hal (R-KY)- Taxes:

There is no question that our current tax system is incredibly complicated and in need of simplification.  I support efforts to reform our tax code so that it is easier to understand and comply with the law.  At the same time, I believe any reform of the tax code must be fair and should not punish success achieved through hard work and innovation.

I strongly support legislative efforts to reduce the tax burden on hardworking men and women.  I was proud to support legislation in 2001 and 2003 which provided much-needed tax relief to small business and working families, increased the child tax credit, and reduced the marriage penalty and tax rates on dividends and capital gains.  Additionally, the legislation expanded small business expensing and depreciation rules.  I have consistently supported maintaining these important measures.

I am also a long-time proponent of legislation that seeks to permanently end the “estate tax,” which is also known as the death tax.  The loss of a loved one is hard enough to face without the threat of the federal government claiming much of what a parent or spouse spent a lifetime building, whether that is a family home, savings account, farm or small business.  In 2010, I was glad to support legislation that prevented this tax from jumping to a painful 55%; however the current rate of 35% is still too high for working families hoping to leave their hard-earned property or business to future generations.

In these challenging economic times the last thing we should be doing is imposing new taxes on hard working families.
 Another one that claimed to want to "permanently end" the death tax, then voted for a "permanent" 40 percent death tax within the fiscal cliff deal.

Rogers, Mike (R- MI)- No issues page on his website but he signed the no tax pledge then voted to raise them. Rogers is also quoted in an interview as saying :

For too far long, both Democrats and Republicans have amended the tax code in a variety of ways for a variety of reasons. What we are stuck with now is a massive set of laws and regulations that in some cases make no rhyme or reason and are more of a burden on than help for American families. Given our dire economic situation, Congress and the president need to put fundamental tax reform on the table. I believe this reform should lead to a fairer, flatter, and simpler tax code that does not punish success.

I think it is also very important to underline the difference between a budget and extending lower tax rates for all Americans. A budget is simply a blueprint to be followed and the House of Representatives has passed budgets to keep taxes low, cut spending, and cut the deficit. 
Unfortunately, for the past two years the president's budget has been defeated in the Senate without one single vote in favor.

Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana (R-FL)- Tax Reform:

American workers are now asked to work for 3 full months to pay for their annual federal, state, and local taxes. It is totally unacceptable to require already stressed families to give up at least a quarter of their income to prop up an expanding federal bureaucracy while everyone else is making significant sacrifices.


I am working to remove obstacles to economic growth and private sector job creation. We must ease the regulatory burden on America’s job creators; reduce the tax burden on families and small businesses; and bring down our record national debt.

Royce, Ed (R-CA)- Tax Relief:

I am a strong advocate for the taxpayer and have continuously worked to lower taxes for families and small businesses.

In recent years, Washington has created an unprecedented level of uncertainty that is stifling businesses. Washington must do more to ensure the job creators in our economy have the certainty necessary to get off the sidelines and invest, create jobs and help us spur economic growth in this nation.

Runyan, Jon (R-NJ)- Tax Reform:

I support across-the-board tax cuts in order to increase economic growth, create jobs, and encourage investment, savings and entrepreneurship, including reducing the corporate tax rate and cutting taxes on capital gains and dividends. These types of tax policies will help large and small businesses alike, and would give them the tools to create the jobs American workers and their families need. I also support increasing the child tax credit, easing restrictions on 401K and IRA investments and permanently eliminating the death tax, the alternative minimum tax and the double tax on Social Security benefits.

Ryan, Paul (R-WI)- Taxes:

At a time when Wisconsinites are facing economic uncertainty, a high unemployment rate and a rise in the costs of living, the last thing our country needs are tax increases. The President’s budget imposes a heavy cost for its commitment to intrusive government – diminishing economic opportunity by imposing the largest tax hike in American history. This budget imposes $1.9 trillion in new taxes on families and small businesses, while adding new complexities to an already broken tax code.  At the same time, the President’s budget would increase the debt held by the public by $9 trillion over ten years and would never set the budget on a path to balance. Instead of chasing higher spending with ever-higher taxes, Congress needs to make our tax code fair, competitive and simple. Unfortunately, our current tax system fails on these three elements.

Schock, Aaron (R-IL)- Jobs and The Economy:

The current response in Washington has been disheartening…more regulations, higher taxes, an unwillingness to cut spending and a mentality that seems to punish American businesses large and small. Instead of providing the incentives and benefits for small business, which create 7 out of 10 new jobs, we are instead increasing taxes on the very entities that will help lead this country out of our current turmoil. Since taking office, President Barack Obama has signed into law twenty-one new or higher taxes. In order to achieve long-term sustained growth you need to have an economy that incentivizes risk-taking, savings and entrepreneurship, not one which punishes it. 

 Sessions, Pete (R-TX)- Tax Relief:

As a product of the private sector, and a past Chairman of the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce, I understand what it takes for businesses to be successful. Throughout my time in Congress, I have worked to provide an environment that allows for the free-enterprise system to thrive. This includes less government regulation, lower taxes, and allowing companies to make their own, market-based decisions.

I believe that our tax system is broken. That is why I support comprehensive tax reform which would lower rates, reduce the number of tax credits, and make our system more competitive for families and businesses. As your Member of Congress I will continue to push for a flatter, fairer tax code that benefits all Americans.

I believe that lower personal taxes spur our economy by affording Americans the ability to invest more of their own money.  I am a cosponsor of H.R. 99 – the Fair and Simple Tax (FAST) Act. The FAST Act would set tax rates at 10%, 15%, and 30%, eliminate the death tax and gift tax, and set a capital gains tax rate of 10%.

Simkus, John (R-IL)- No issues page, but Shimkus does state:  “There is a clear choice between stopping the tax hike and trying to help the economy or allowing taxes to go up and hurting the economy.”

Shuster, Bill (R-PA)- Taxes:

I believe that the American people know how to spend and save their money better than nameless, faceless bureaucrats in Washington. Pro-growth economic policies like those enacted in the tax relief of 2001 and 2003 have allowed families to invest in their futures instead of their government.


The tax relief of 2001 and 2003 must be extended. The American people deserve a leaner Congress that is responsible with the taxpayers’ money.

Small Business and Economic Development:

Far too often, we see the onerous burden of bureaucratic red tape, over burdensome taxes and government regulation stand in the way of economic development.  As a former small business owner, I know firsthand the challenges our businesses face and will continue to fight for common sense policies which help our economy to grow.  That is why Congress must work to keep taxes low, and remove burdensome regulations such as the 1099 reporting requirement that was included in the healthcare bill. 

Simpson, Mike (R-ID)- Taxes:

I strongly support providing tax relief to American families and those who create jobs and grow our economy, but I cannot support efforts that simply provide temporary relief or put Band-Aids on a system badly in need of overhaul.  I believe a simpler, fairer tax structure would promote economic growth and empower families in Idaho to make the decisions that they believe are best for their family.  The first order of business—and most effective course of action—should be to sunset the current complex and unfair federal tax code and replace it with a simple and fair alternative.  I have cosponsored legislation to do so.  A new tax code should provided tax relief for working Americans, protect the rights of taxpayers, reduce tax collection abuses, and eliminate disincentives for savings and investment.

Simpson also talks about eliminating the death tax, yet just voted to raise it.

Smith, Chris (R- NJ) - No issues page. Public statements include the following :

I know that tax relief is essential to spur economic growth, create jobs, assist families, and ensure that people retain more of their hard earned pay. Thus, when it comes to fighting tax increases and pushing legislative proposals to boost the economy and private sector job creation, my record is long and deep.

Smith, Lamar (R- TX)- Taxes:

Tax reductions generate strong economic growth. They enable Americans to save, invest and spend more of their income. This creates a business environment that rewards creativity and innovation.
History tells us reducing taxes across-the-board helps the economy grow. Tax relief worked in the 1980`s, it worked in the 1990`s, and it will work again now.

In the past, I have supported tax relief plans that benefit all taxpayers by reducing the marginal tax rate for all brackets, repealing the estate tax, permanently repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax, increasing the child tax credit, and addressing the issue of the marriage tax penalty.

Our economy needs tax relief. We need to create more jobs and the best way to help companies, investors and entrepreneurs to create good, private-sector jobs is to reduce taxes across-the-board. And the best way to refuel the economy and keep Texas competitive and growing is to reduce taxes. Jobs must come first.

I will continue to support reducing the tax burden on Americans.

Stivers, Steve (R-OH)Jobs and the Economy:

Congress also needs to lower the corporate tax rates to remain competitive, in the world economy. We cannot compete with other countries without being innovative and matching the incentives of other nations. If we want to bring jobs back here to the United States, we must take the necessary steps to reduce both taxes and regulations on our businesses.

Sullivan, John (R-OK)-  On June 26, 2012, Sullivan lost renomination. Congressional website no longer available.

Thompson, Glenn (R-PA)- Website issues page does not include jobs, economy, taxes or budget. He did sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge which promised to not vote for any bill that increased taxes.

Thornberry, Mac (R-TX)- Taxes: Thornberry created a whole page with multiple graphics to explain "tax facts," so simply quoting one section isn't sufficient, but the whole theme is how the tax burden is already too progressive and is damaging the economy.

For someone that has the most comprehensive explanation of how damaging tax increases are to the U.S. economy, it makes it even more egregious that Thornberry just voted on a bill to raise taxes on 77 percent of Americans.

Tiberi, Pat (R-OH)- On December 31, 2012, Tiberi said in an op-ed, on his website:

For the most part, the debate has revolved around whether conservative Republicans will blink and give Obama the tax increases he wants on wealthier households. The results of the November election mean the Republicans have lost that argument. Taxes for high-income households are going up.

But taxing the wealthy does not even begin to solve the long-term problem. Only by raising taxes on everybody can the federal government raise enough money to begin to climb the mountain of federal debt it has accumulated on a bipartisan basis since 1980.

No, the real problem — as Boehner has relentlessly pointed out — is spending. People don’t want to hear that. But the entitlement programs of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are the driving forces behind the deficit.

He then, just two days later, voted for $41 in taxes for every $1 in spending cuts.

Turner, Bb (R-NY)- Retired. Congressional website no longer available.

Upton, Fred (R-MI)Taxes:

American families and businesses are simply taxed too much. To protect jobs and encourage growth, we must keep our tax rates low as well as reform our overly complex tax code.

Protecting Michigan Families and Businesses from Higher Taxes
I have pledged to oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes on American families and businesses. Further, I support permanently extending all of the tax cut provisions that are set to expire at the end of 2012 – also known as the “Bush tax cuts.” By making the existing rates permanent, we can give the country the certainty it needs to get our economy back on track. In these difficult economic times, raising taxes is the worst thing Congress could do to struggling families and small businesses. 

Walden, Greg (R-OR)- No issue section for economy or taxes, but discusses taxes in the section titled" Jobs":

Greg Walden opposed the stimulus and supported a plan to reduce the tax burden on small businesses, which create nearly 80 percent of the new jobs in the United States.

When the bill was signed into law, the White House promised that the stimulus would increase by 44,000 the number of jobs in Oregon by December 2010. Unfortunately, even with the stimulus, since the bill was signed the number of jobs has actually decreased by 18,300 through July 2011.

Many Oregonians are fearful and angry about runaway government spending and its implications for future generations. More spending isn’t the solution. We need real solutions that will create jobs and lift our economy.

By balancing the budget and reining in federal regulations, we could begin to get out economy back on track. Greg Walden will continue to oppose unnecessary regulation, support lower taxes on Oregon families and businesses, and work to stop wasteful spending and control our debt.

Womack, Steve (R-AR)Tax Reform:

I – along with many of my colleagues – agree on the need for corporate tax reform.  The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world.  This discourages growth and job creation in the United States.  I believe Congress must work to broaden the base, eliminate special-interest loopholes, and lower the corporate tax rate once and for all.

But corporate tax reform is only one piece of the puzzle.  If we are going to grow the economy and give our job creators the certainty they need to invest in their companies and create jobs at home, then we need to undertake comprehensive tax reform and address the complexity and inefficiency of the individual side of the tax code.

The tax code is burdensome to American families and businesses – it is made up of thousands of pages of complicated and confusing text and taxpayers spend billions of dollars each year to comply with it.  This is, rightfully so, a source of significant stress for every American.  Congress must relieve this burden by simplifying the tax code to make it broader and flatter.

Make no mistake, comprehensive tax reform will be a challenging undertaking, but I am looking forward to working with my colleagues – Republicans and Democrats alike – to overhaul the tax system. 

 Young, Don (R-AK)- Tax Increases:

I believe that the best way to strengthen our economy is to reduce the tax burden on the taxpayers whenever possible. However, legislation proposed by the President and certain lawmakers have expressed a different view. I have supported several bills in the 111th Congress aimed at reducing taxes. Most recently, H.R. 25, the Fair Tax Act of 2009 was introduced, which establishes a national sales tax of 23% in 2011. In response to the creation of this national sales tax, this legislation eliminates the income tax, estate tax, and gift tax.

I also supported H.R. 205, the Death Tax Repeal Act, which completely eliminates the federal estate and gift tax. In the President’s Budget, a tax increase on charitable donations was included, which I do not support. This tax increase would decrease the tax credit on charitable donations from individuals in the top income-tax bracket. Many worthwhile charities depend on donations from wealthy individuals who regularly donate to organizations which service those less fortunate. Also proposed within the President’s Budget is a cap-and-trade tax, which would increase the average Alaskan’s household energy costs by $3,128 annually. It is for these reasons, along with several other key issues, that I did not support the President’s FY 2010 Budget.

Hardworking Alaskans and American families nationwide have been affected by the recent economic troubles this country is facing. I do not believe that increasing taxes, during these challenging times, is in the best interest of the people. Therefore, I remain committed to supporting legislation which seeks to put money back in the taxpayers’ pockets.