Heritage: 72 Representatives Know What America Needs, and It Is Not a Tax Hike

72 representatives get it; now will they hold they line as expoused in their letter?


David S. Addington

November 17, 2011

Seventy-two Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Representatives Patrick McHenry (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH), have joined 33 U.S. Senators in standing tall against continued overspending, overborrowing and overtaxing.

In a letter today to the congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, known as the Supercommittee, the 72 Representatives hit the nail on the head: “It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little.” Their letter made clear what will happen if the Supercommittee leads Congress to increase taxes: “Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington.”

The Heritage Foundation has called upon the Supercommittee to “drive federal spending down — including by fixing ever-expanding entitlement programs — toward a balanced budget, while preserving our capability to protect America, and without raising taxes.” It can be done, and the Supercommittee can do it. To show them how, Heritage sent each member of the Supercommittee the detailed Heritage plan for “Saving the American Dream.”

The Supercommittee has a chance — one chance — to get it right. More taxes means more government and a worse economy. The Supercommittee should recommend legislation that rests on three pillars: (1) cut non-security spending, (2) maintain defense capabilities, and (3) do not hike taxes.

The eyes of America are on the twelve members of the Supercommittee as they make their choice in the coming week on what to recommend to Congress. They can choose to be the Trustworthy Twelve who finally control spending and put us on the path to fiscal responsibility. Or they can choose to be the Dirty Dozen who just give up and hike taxes on America.

America knows it can count on the 72 Representatives and 33 Senators who stood up and spoke out against a tax increase. Can America count on the 12 members of the Supercommittee?


The letter they wrote:

Dear Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction:

It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington.

Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans’ tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut.

Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States.


Looks good, doesn't it? Hopefully they will honor the principles of freedom they invoke; only time will tell. Actions speak far louder than words! Here's the list of the Republican House members who signed the letter:

1. Todd Akin (MO-02)
2. Steve Austria (OH-07)
3. Michelle Bachmann (MN-06)
4. Roscoe Bartlett (MD-06)
5. Joe Barton (TX-06)
6. Rob Bishop (UT-01)
7. Diane Black (TN-06)
8. Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)
9. Mo Brooks (AL-05)
10. Paul Broun (GA-10)
11. Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25)
12. Dan Burton (IN-05)
13. Francisco Canseco (TX-23)
14. Steve Chabot (OH-01)
15. Scott DesJarlais (TN-04)
16. Jeff Duncan (SC-03)
17. John Duncan (TN-02)
18. Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
19. Stephen Fincher (TN-08)
20. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03)
21. John Fleming (LA-04)
22. Bill Flores (TX-17)
23. Trent Franks (AZ-02)
24. Cory Gardner (CO-04)
25. Scott Garrett (NJ-05)
26. Louie Gohmert (TX-01)
27. Paul Gosar (AZ-01)
28. Trey Gowdy (SC-04)
29. Sam Graves (MO-06)
30. Tom Graves (GA-09)
31. Tim Griffin (AR-02)
32. Frank Guinta (NH-01)
33. Andy Harris (MD-01)
34. Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
35. Tim Huelskamp (KS-01)
36. Bill Huizenga (MI-02)
37. Bill Johnson (OH-06)
38. Jim Jordan (OH-04)
39. Mike Kelly (PA-03)
40. Steve King (IA-05)
41. Raul Labrador (ID-01)
42. Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
43. Jeffrey Landry (LA-03)
44. Don Manzullo (IL-16)
45. Kenny Marchant (TX-24)
46. Michael McCaul (TX-10)
47. Thaddeus McCotter (MI-11)
48. Patrick McHenry (NC-10)
49. Jeff Miller (FL-01)
50. Mick Mulvaney (SC-05)
51. Randy Neugebauer (TX-19)
52. Alan Nunnelee (MS-01)
53. Ron Paul (TX-14)
54. Steve Pearce (NM-02)
55. Mike Pence (IN-06)
56. Ben Quayle (AZ-03)
57. Phil Roe (TN-01)
58. Dennis Ross (FL-12)
59. Steve Scalise (LA-01)
60. Jean Schmidt (OH-02)
61. David Schweikert (AZ-05)
62. Tim Scott (SC-01)
63. Steve Southerland (FL-02)
64. Marlin Stutzman (IN-03)
65. John Sullivan (OK-01)
66. Scott Tipton (CO-03)
67. Tim Walberg (MI-07)
68. Joe Walsh (IL-08)
69. Allen West (FL-22)
70. Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03)
71. Joe Wilson (SC-02)
72. Todd Young (IN-09

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Comment by Susan Fromm on November 21, 2011 at 7:38pm

Where is Marco Rubio's signature?  We expect Sen. Nelson's not to be in here!!!!

Comment by Cindy Jordan on November 20, 2011 at 7:42pm

All of the old timers need to go.  We really need term limits. Congress & Senate should each be 4 years with a max of 2 terms.  If that's enough for the President it should certainly be enough for the rest.

All of them should be paid reasonable salaries while in office, and nothing thereafter.  They should all have the same insurance, laws, and social security as the rest of us.  Use that vote, to get their attention.

Comment by Patricia M. McBride on November 20, 2011 at 5:54pm

Roy, they will need both.  Boehner and all the life time politicals think they will all just blend in once they have been there a term or 2.  There in lies the problem.  They don't plan to change; they expect new people to join the corruption.  We need to support those who do good things like this letter and should be thanking these representatives each and every one and supporting their decision!

Comment by Roy G Callahan on November 20, 2011 at 4:29pm

No Guts, No Glory. Let's hope they have both.

Comment by Ronald I. Robertson on November 20, 2011 at 11:24am

Tom/Patricia/Lotto, may be true but you can't beat somthin' with nothin'.

Comment by Fred Gottshalk on November 20, 2011 at 11:19am

Where is Cliff Stearns and the rest of Fl's republican reps?

Comment by Patricia M. McBride on November 20, 2011 at 11:14am

Tom, Creshaw must go.  He has pulled the carrier out and dusted it off too many times and although he appears to be at least somewhat conservative at times, the last couple of responses I have recieved appeared to be written by Bill Nelson...............nuff said?  He has to go; he has been in office WAY too long.

Comment by Patricia M. McBride on November 20, 2011 at 11:13am

Lotto, power corrupts; total power corrupts totally.  These folks long ago forgot why they were sent there and time limits are a must.  The problem is getting THEM to vote in an end to the gravy train they currently have that allows them to ignore the laws the rest of us have to abide by..............and it is the same on prety much every level.  Locally, there is something in our city charter that allows our city council to waive any law that doesn't allow them to do whatever it is they want to do.  Basically, there are no laws for them, and laws are in place only to make us think our elected officials are limited by the law!

Comment by William T. Wright on November 20, 2011 at 8:54am

Strangely absent from the list: Ander Crenshaw

Tom Wright

Comment by LOTTO NICK ! on November 20, 2011 at 8:36am

What America needs is what Rick Perry said ...A part time Congress...at half of the pay , no benefits and if the job of balancing a budget each year does not get done they are out .

 NO MORE CAREER POLITICIANS and Lobbyist...Also let the people make the RULES of CONGRESS .





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