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00-HR5349 on Sep 29, 2000

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: allowing $3 on 1040 form to pay off National Debt
Source: Taxpayers' Choice Debt Reduction Act (H.R.5349)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: Amends the Internal Revenue Code to permit an individual to designate three dollars on his or her income tax return (six dollars on a joint return) to be used to reduce the public debt of the United States.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT: Pres. Eisenhower apparently once said that he believed that there could be no surplus as long as our Nation was in debt. I come from that school of thought, and yet that is not exactly where we are right now in Washington.

Where we are right now is debating whether or not 90 percent or 50 percent, or some number in between, of these projected future surpluses should be allocated to the debt. What struck me is the fact that really more than just the Congress should be involved in that debate. It is for that reason that I introduce today the Taxpayers' Choice Debt Reduction Act.

What this bill would do would be to simply take the 1040, the tax return as we now know it. And right now, we can send $3 to the presidential campaign. This would create another box wherein we could send 3 bucks to debt reduction. That is not enough money to change our national debt, but it is enough money to make a small step in an important debate that we all ought to be a part of.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means; never called for a House vote.


  • Topic: Budget & Economy
  • Headline: Allow $3 on 1040 form to pay off National Debt
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill allowing $3 on tax form to pay National Debt

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Democrats participating in 00-HR5349

John Baldacci s1oMaine Democrat 
Rick Boucher s1oVirginia Democrat (until 2010) 
Lois Capps s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Bob Clement s1oTennessee Democrat 
Gary Condit s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Bill Delahunt s1oMassachusetts Democrat (until 2010) 
Mike Doyle s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Anna Eshoo s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Bart Gordon s1oTennessee Democrat (until 2010) 
Gene Green s1oTexas Democrat 
Ralph Moody Hall s1oTexas Democrat 
Baron Hill s1oIndiana Democrat (until 2010) 
Darlene Hooley s1oOregon Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
Karen McCarthy s1oMissouri Democrat (Until 2004) 
David Minge s1oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
James Moran s1oVirginia Democrat 
Solomon Ortiz s1oTexas Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
David Phelps s1oIllinois Democrat 
Max Sandlin s1oTexas Democrat (Until 2004) 
Charles Stenholm s1oTexas Democrat 
Mike Thompson s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Mark Udall s1oCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative 



Republicans participating in 00-HR5349

Spencer Bachus s1oAlabama Republican 
Cass Ballenger s1oNorth Carolina Republican 
Bob Barr s1oGeorgia Republican Challenger 
Roscoe Bartlett s1oMaryland Republican 
Joe Linus Barton s1oTexas Republican 
Judy Biggert s1oIllinois Republican 
Brian Bilbray s1oCalifornia Republican 
Ed Bryant s1oTennessee Republican 
Richard Burr s1oNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Dan Burton s1oIndiana Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Tom Coburn s1oOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Philip Crane s1oIllinois Republican (Until 2004) 
Duke Cunningham s1oCalifornia Republican 
Nathan Deal s1oGA Republican Governor 
Jim DeMint s1oSC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Jay Dickey s1oArkansas Republican 
Jimmy Duncan s1oTennessee Republican 
Terry Everett s1oAlabama Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Thomas Ewing s1oIllinois Republican 
Rodney Frelinghuysen s1oNew Jersey Republican 
Lindsey Graham s1oSC Republican Sr Senator 
Mark Green s1oWisconsin Republican 
J.D. Hayworth s1oArizona Republican (until 2007) 
Wally Herger s1oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Peter Hoekstra s1oMI Republican Challenger 
Asa Hutchinson s1oAR Republican Gubernatorial Challenger 
Walter Beaman Jones s1oNorth Carolina Republican 
Jack Kingston s1oGA Republican Challenger 
Steve Largent s1oOK00 Former Republican Challenger (2002) 
Steven LaTourette s1oOhio Republican 
Ron Lewis s1oKentucky Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Frank LoBiondo s1oNew Jersey Republican 
Donald Manzullo s1oIllinois Republican (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Jim McCrery s1oLouisiana Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Scott McInnis s1oColorado Republican (Until 2004) 
David McIntosh s1oIndiana Republican 
Buck McKeon s1oCalifornia Republican 
Jack Metcalf s1oWashington Republican 
John Mica s1oFlorida Republican 
Dan Miller s1oFlorida Republican (retired) 
Gary Miller s1oCalifornia Republican 
Sue Myrick s1oNorth Carolina Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Ron Paul s1oPOTUS Republican (Libertarian 1988) 
Charles Pickering s1oMississippi Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Joseph Pitts s1oPennsylvania Republican 
Rob Portman s1oOH Republican Jr Senator 
Bob Riley s1oAL Former Republican Governor (until 2010) 
Ed Royce s1oCalifornia Republican 
Jim Ryun s1oKansas Republican 
Matt Salmon s1oArizona Republican 
Mark Sanford s2pSC Former Republican Governor (2002-2010) 
Pete Sessions s1oTexas Republican 
John Shadegg s1oArizona Republican 
Lamar Smith s1oTexas Republican 
Nick Smith s1oMI Former Republican challenger (2006), previously U.S. Rep 
Mark Souder s1oIndiana Republican (until 2010) 
Cliff Stearns s1oFlorida Republican (Lost 2012 primary) 
Tom Tancredo s1oColorado Republican Governor challenger 
Lee Terry s1oNebraska Republican 
Todd Tiahrt s1oKansas Republican (until 2010) 
Pat Toomey s1oPA Republican Jr Senator 
David Vitter s1oLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Zach Wamp s1oTennessee Republican (until 2010) 
Wes Watkins s1oOklahoma Republican 
Dave Weldon s1oFL Republican Senate Challenger (Lost primary) 
Roger Wicker s1oMississippi Republican (Senate 2008) 



Independents participating in 00-HR5349

Tom Campbell s1oCA 2010 Republican Challenger (lost primary) 
Virgil Goode s1oPOTUS Constitution Party Challenger 
John Hostettler s1oIN 2010 Senate Challenger (lost GOP primary); formerly US Rep. 
Chris John s1oLA 2004 former Democratic challenger; US Representative 
John Linder s1oGeorgia Former GOP (until 2010) 
Bob Schaffer s1oCO Former GOP Senate Challenger (2008) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 22
Republicans: 66
Independents: 6


















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