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10-HRs1346 on May 11, 2010


Source: Opposing the Imposition of a VAT
    RESOLUTION Opposing the imposition of a value-added tax:
  • Whereas a value-added tax (VAT) is a type of sales tax that is assessed on goods at every stage of production;
  • Whereas a VAT is a hidden tax that is ultimately passed along to consumers, but is embedded into the price of goods and services and therefore not transparent to the consumer;
  • Whereas the average tax burden levied by the Federal Government since 1980 has been 18% of GDP;
  • Whereas, within the next 15 years, Federal taxes are projected to rise to the highest level in US history;
  • Whereas adding a VAT on top of the existing Federal income tax would increase the burden on United States taxpayers to unprecedented levels;
  • Whereas the average VAT rate in Europe has risen from 5% when the tax was first introduced in the 1960s to 20% today;
  • Whereas European countries that have imposed a VAT have seen their total tax burden rise to an average of over 40% of GDP;
  • Whereas such high levels of taxation and spending crowd out private investment, which stifles economic growth and leads to chronically high levels of unemployment;
  • Whereas the IRS has calculated that US taxpayers spend approximately $200 billion and 7.6 billion hours a year to comply with Federal tax laws;
  • Whereas a VAT would only add another layer of complexity and compliance costs to a fundamentally unsound tax system;
  • Whereas the burden of a VAT would fall most heavily on low-income and middle-class Americans; and
  • Whereas a VAT would do nothing to restore fiscal accountability in Washington, but would simply bankroll wasteful and inefficient Federal Government spending:
  • Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That--
  • It is the sense of the House of Representatives that imposing a value-added tax would be a massive tax increase that would cripple families on fixed income and only further push back the US economic recovery; and
  • the House of Representatives opposes a value-added tax.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 11. Question 11: Make taxes more progressive Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Tax Reform
  • Headline: No European-style VAT (value-added tax) (Score: -1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill barring European-style VAT (value-added tax) (Score: -2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 10-HRs1346

Ralph Moody Hall s1sTexas Democrat
Cynthia Lummis s1sWyoming Democrat



Republicans participating in 10-HRs1346

Robert Aderholt s1sAlabama Republican
Todd Akin s1sMissouri Republican (Senate run 2012)
Rodney Alexander s1sLouisiana Republican
Michele Bachmann s1sMinnesota Republican
Spencer Bachus s1sAlabama Republican
Roscoe Bartlett s1sMaryland Republican
Joe Linus Barton s1sTexas Republican
Brian Bilbray s1sCalifornia Republican
Rob Bishop s1sUtah Republican
Marsha Blackburn s1sTennessee Republican
John Boehner s1sOhio Republican
John Boozman s1sAR Republican Jr Senator
Charles Boustany s1sLouisiana Republican
Paul Broun s1sGeorgia Republican
Henry Brown s1sSouth Carolina Republican (until 2010)
Michael Burgess s1sTexas Republican
Dan Burton s1sIndiana Republican (Retiring 2012)
Ken Calvert s1sCalifornia Republican
John Campbell s1sCalifornia Republican
Eric Cantor s1sVirginia Republican
John Carter s1sTexas Republican
Jason Chaffetz s1sUT Former Republican Challenger (2011)
Mike Coffman s1sColorado Republican
Mike Conaway s1sTexas Republican
John Culberson s1sTexas Republican
Geoff Davis s1sKentucky Republican (Retiring 2012)
Charles Dent s1sPennsylvania Republican
Mario Diaz-Balart s1sFlorida Republican
Charles Djou s1sHawaii Republican (until 2010)
David Dreier s1sCalifornia Republican
Jimmy Duncan s1sTennessee Republican
Mary Fallin s1sOK Republican Governor
Jeff Flake s1sArizona Republican (Senate run 2012)
John Fleming s1sLouisiana Republican
Randy Forbes s1sVirginia Republican
Jeff Fortenberry s1sNebraska Republican
Virginia Foxx s1sNorth Carolina Republican
Trent Franks s1sArizona Republican
Elton Gallegly s1sCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012)
Scott Garrett s1sNew Jersey Republican
Jim Gerlach s1sPennsylvania Republican
Phil Gingrey s1sGeorgia Republican
Louie Gohmert s1sTexas Republican
Kay Granger s1sTexas Republican
Gregg Harper s1sMississippi Republican
Doc Hastings s1sWashington Republican
Dean Heller s1sNevada Republican (Resigned 2011)
Jeb Hensarling s1sTexas Republican
Wally Herger s2pCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012)
Lynn Jenkins s1sKansas Republican
Sam Johnson s1sTexas Republican
Timothy Johnson s1sIllinois Republican
Jim Jordan s1sOhio Republican
Steve King s1sIowa Republican
Jack Kingston s1sGeorgia Republican
Doug Lamborn s1sColorado Republican
Leonard Lance s1sNew Jersey Republican
Tom Latham s1sIowa Republican
Steven LaTourette s1sOhio Republican
Bob Latta s1sOhio Republican
Chris Lee s1sNew York Republican (Resigned 2011)
Jerry Lewis s1sCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012)
Frank LoBiondo s1sNew Jersey Republican
Frank Dean Lucas s1sOklahoma Republican
Connie Mack s1sFL Former Republican Senator (until 2000)
Donald Manzullo s1sIllinois Republican
Kenny Marchant s1sTexas Republican
Kevin McCarthy s1sCalifornia Republican
Michael McCaul s1sTexas Republican
Tom McClintock s1sCA03 Former Republican Challenger (2003)
Patrick McHenry s1sNorth Carolina Republican
Buck McKeon s1sCalifornia Republican
John Mica s1sFlorida Republican
Jeff Miller s1sFlorida Republican
Jerry Moran s1sKansas Republican (until 2010)
Sue Myrick s1sNorth Carolina Republican
Randy Neugebauer s1sTexas Republican
Pete Olson s1sTexas Republican
Erik Paulsen s1sMinnesota Republican
Mike Pence s1sIndiana Republican (Gov. run 2012)
Joseph Pitts s1sPennsylvania Republican
Ted Poe s1sTexas Republican
Bill Posey s1sFlorida Republican
Tom Price s1sGeorgia Republican
Dennis Rehberg s1sMontana Republican (Senate run 2012)
Hal Rogers s1sKentucky Republican
Michael Rogers s1sAlabama Republican
Mike Rogers s1sMichigan Republican
Peter Roskam s1sIllinois Republican
Ed Royce s1sCalifornia Republican
Steve Scalise s1sLA Republican challenger
Jean Schmidt s1sOhio Republican
Aaron Schock s1sIllinois Republican
Pete Sessions s1sTexas Republican
John Shadegg s1sArizona Republican
Mike Simpson s1sIdaho Republican
Glenn Thompson s1sPennsylvania Republican
Mac Thornberry s1sTexas Republican
Todd Tiahrt s1sKansas Republican (until 2010)
Greg Walden s1sOregon Republican
Joe Wilson s1sSouth Carolina Republican
Robert Wittman s1sVirginia Republican
Frank Wolf s1sVirginia Republican
Bill Young s1sFlorida Republican



Independents participating in 10-HRs1346

Ginny Brown-Waite s1sFlorida Former GOP (until 2010)
Parker Griffith s1sAlabama Former GOP (until 2010)
Darrell Issa s1sCA03 Former Initiator of Gubernatorial Recall (2003)
John Linder s1sGeorgia Former GOP (until 2010)



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 2
Republicans: 104
Independents: 4


















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