Apr 21, 2017

Freedom Partners Thanks Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) for Sticking Up for Consumers

Post by Freedom Partners

Leaders in the House of Representatives have made comprehensive, pro-growth tax reform a priority this year, which is a good thing. The one problem is that their current proposal contains a new 20-percent tax on imports, which would result in over $1 trillion in new taxes, shouldered by consumers.

But what’s encouraging is that more members of Congress are standing up for their constituents and taking a strong position against this trillion-dollar tax hike.

Take, for example, U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.

“If it hurts American consumers, it doesn’t make sense for me,” Kelly said in February. He added that Republicans should not just adopt the plan because it “sounds good.”

Thankfully, Mr. Kelly has kept his eye on the proposed import tax.

“U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-3, Butler, a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which would initially consider a border tax, has said he does not support it,” reports the Beaver County Times this week in an article titled “Border Tax Opponents Say It Will Decimate Pennsylvania Businesses.”

Other members of the tax-writing committee have shunned the trillion-dollar tax as well, such as U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH).

“Renacci, a certified public accountant, said he’s skeptical that the border-adjusted tax would work, and that there’s only mixed support for the concept on the Ways and Means committee,” reports Bloomberg.

The Ohio lawmaker also worries that the proposal would be “picking winners and losers.”

Freedom Partners is thankful for the principled leadership of Reps. Kelly and Renacci and urge continued work to get tax reform done as soon as possible – without tax hikes.