Record Sixty Co-Sponsors for FairTax Bill (H.R. 25)

May 8, 2007  ·  Filed under: News, Political Support

From Congressman John Linder:

I want to take a moment and share with you some very exciting news about the FairTax. I just received word that Representatives Darrell Issa (CA-49) and John Boozman (AR-03) have requested that their names be added to H.R. 25 as our two most recent co-sponsors. This means that in only the first four months of the 110th Congress, we have surpassed the bill’s highest number of co-sponsors with a total of 60.

The press release on his web site:

LINDER ANNOUNCES RECORD 60 CO-SPONSORS FOR FAIRTAX BILL

May 8th, 2007

Washington, D.C. – Congressman John Linder (GA-07) announced today that his revolutionary tax reform legislation, the FairTax, achieved 60 co-sponsors, which is a record number for H.R. 25.

“I am ecstatic, but I have to say, I am not terribly surprised. This has been the case all year. Grassroots support across the nation is motivating Members to call us up and ask for information on the FairTax, and when they read it they are always eager to put their name on the bill.”

Congressman Linder pointed out that the FairTax is the most highly co-sponsored piece of tax reform legislation in U.S. House of Representatives. In fact, the Flat Tax, which is the only other serious piece of tax reform legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, falls far short of that number with only four.

“Again, I am just not surprised. In fact, this past Saturday I traveled to Macon, Georgia, to speak to another FairTax training session. They had around 50 people come out for several hours, on a Saturday, to learn how they can better educate others on the FairTax. That is real passion, and it is real traction, and I think that is what you see reflected in this incredible list of co-sponsors.”

Congressman Linder also expressed his appreciation to Representatives Darrell Issa (CA-49) and John Boozman (AR-03) for being the most recent cosponsors of H.R. 25, and for surpassing the bill’s highest number of co-sponsors in merely the first four months of the 110th Congress.

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  1. So, excuse my ignorance, but how many co-sponsors is alot? How many does it need? What happens after that? What things have to happen to get this into law.

    I guess I didn’t pay close enough attention to “I’m Just a Bill” when I was a kid.

    Mark Bostleman  ·  May 15, 2007 at 9:11 am  ·  Permalink
  2. There are 60 cosponsers of HR 25. The Flat tax has 4. The congrssional scorecard shows another 13 supporters who are not cosponsers. It has been reported that another 150 congressmen lean toward support of the Fair Tax. It will take 218 to pass the bill in the house.

    The bigger hurdle comes in getting the bill out of the Ways and Means committee which is chaired by Charles Rangle who opposes the Fair Tax. In the Senate, there are only 4 cosponsers and much less is known about what position others will take. Several Liberal Senators e.g. Clinton and Obama are opposed. There is a long struggle ahead that will only be overcome when an overwhelming number of voters rally in favor of the tax. The public will have to make the difference by enthusiastic demands on their elected representatives.

    The good news is that momentum is in favor of the Fair Tax. More supporters voicing their opinions every day. Just watched Neal Boortz talking about the Fair Tax on Cavuto (Fox). He said 8-10,000 supporters are in Columbia for the rally near the presidential debates. As people become aware of and understand the Fair Tax, they become believers. The movement needs more believers and especially needs more people speaking out.

    Marvin Ammentorp  ·  May 15, 2007 at 3:05 pm  ·  Permalink
  3. Thanks, Marvin, great background.

    Mark Bostleman  ·  May 17, 2007 at 4:41 am  ·  Permalink
  4. Is there an electronic list anywhere that shows all of the sponsors and supporter of H.R. 25?

    Louis  ·  May 18, 2007 at 9:12 am  ·  Permalink
  5. Louis
    For a list of sponsers and cosponsers, go to fairtax.org main page. Click on the blue bar that says learn more. Left hand column has various options including “congressional scorecard”. This lists by state each congressman and has columns noting if each congressman is for, against, or does not support. I read does not support as uncommitted. Following the congressmen, is alist of Senators by state with same info.

    I would be interested in knowing why certain congressmen are against the plan. It is easy to see that most that are against are from strong liberal areas. My guess is that some Republicans that are against are Flat Tax supporters. Although the Flat Tax bill has only 4 cosponsers, it may have other supporters. Others who are against are from solid Blue states. Hillary Clinton is opposed but does not seem to have much understanding of the Fair Tax. Democrats that support the Fair Tax seem to be from very conservative districts.

    This is an issue that liberals should strongly favor because of the benefits to the poorest Americans. Charles Rangle (NY), chairman of Ways and Means Committee says he would support the Fair Tax if someone could show him that it doesn’t harm the poor. It might be a good idea for supporters to write him a nice letter showing the mutitude of ways that the Fair Tax benefits the poor.

    It is my personal belief that a large number of Congressmen and Senators do not really understand the Fair Tax. Liberal leadership may also be restraining support because the bill has a long list of conservatives on board. If conservatives like it, we can’t. Others suggest the heavy influence of lobbyists may be keeping some lawmakers away from the plan. It would be nice to know their reasons. However, responses that I have gotten from uncommitted Congressmen and Senators are very weak. They give a statement that says nothing and gives them wiggle room to change. No reasons for not supporting the measure are given. “I am not on that committee but I will consider the plan if it comes up for a vote on the house floor.” “The present code is far too complicated and changes need to be considered.”

    Marvin Ammentorp  ·  May 18, 2007 at 6:52 pm  ·  Permalink
  6. Where are all the officials that are socially liberal and fiscally conservative like myself? Most Republicans swing towards conservative on both sides, Democrats swing towards liberal on both sides, and hell, our President is exactly the opposite of my beliefs. I’m not surprised in the slightest that Obama and Clinton have both come out against FairTax, since they’re both in liberal strongholds and are both running for President… but it really disappoints me. I’d like to see what the other D and R candidates for President have to say about FairTax — specifically folks like Bill Richardson and Mike Huckabee, who seem far more moderate.

    Greg  ·  May 23, 2007 at 10:08 am  ·  Permalink
  7. Greg: Huckabee, Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo have come out strongly in favor of the Fair Tax. Other candidates have either been against the Fair Tax or avoided the issue. Giuliaini was critical but showed, like Hillary, that he didn’t understand the Fair Tax. I think there is a real problem with politicians, like most of the public, not understanding the measure. Even in this blog there is a lot of disagreement as to just what the law means on certain parts of the plan.

    There is a Libertarian group that opposes the Fair tax just because it is a federal tax. Has nothing to do with whether the Fair Tax or the income tax is better. Both are bad and must be opposed. Only total elimination of all federal taxes beyond, excise and import would satisfy this group. Ron Paul is of this ilk. They don’t offer a practical alternative to financing the federal government. Many would like to see the federal government cut back to a very small operation. Am not sure that they are willing to give up all of the benefits they now expect from the government. Everything from defense to social security to picking up the poieces after natural disasters.

    Marvin Ammentorp  ·  May 23, 2007 at 12:09 pm  ·  Permalink
  8. There are two more co-sponsors in the House! Wayne Gilchrest of Maryland and Zach Wamp of Tennessee. 62 total co-sponsors in the House now.

    Dale Smith  ·  Jun 20, 2007 at 6:54 am  ·  Permalink
  9. Dale

    In addition there are 13 congressmen listed as supporters who have not signed on as cosponsers. 1 or more congressmen from each of 26 states are listed among the supporters. There are no congressmen from 9 states listed as either supporters or opponents. The 68 congressmen that are opposed are mostly Democrats from liberal states and districts.

    With 75 public endorsements, Fair Tax leaders need to attract another 143 supporters to reach a majority of 218 in congress. What is needed is more knowledgeable discussion by the media. This issue is too important to be settled with the majority of Americans unaware of what it means to to the country.

    Marvin Ammentorp  ·  Jun 20, 2007 at 4:58 pm  ·  Permalink
  10. “In addition there are 13 congressmen listed as supporters who have not signed on as cosponsers.”

    There are 17 Congressmen (13 Representatives and 4 Senators) listed as supporters who are not co-sponsors.

    Dale Smith  ·  Jun 22, 2007 at 9:31 am  ·  Permalink
  11. The most important question is who are the strongest detractors of the bill?
    Since this issue is of paramount importance to the entire nation in terms of simplification and growing new businesses, this issue needs to take center stage at every election and those who do not support this legislation should be ousted from office!

    Samuel Hay  ·  May 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm  ·  Permalink

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