Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK) has offered an amendment to an upcoming spending package that would block any funds in the bill from being used towards implementing a carbon tax.

ATR applauds Rep. Hern’s leadership and willingness to protect taxpayers from a new tax on energy that would raise the cost of energy bills for all Americans, increase the cost of gasoline and drastically expand the size of government.

Rep. Hern’s amendment states clearly, “no funds from this bill may be used to aid in the collection of Carbon Tax revenues.”

Earlier this week a coalition of over 75 conservative organizations and leaders released a letter in opposition to ANY carbon tax. In the letter, the signing organizations stated, “A carbon tax increases the cost of everything Americans buy and lowers Americans’ effective take home pay. A carbon tax increases the power, cost, and intrusiveness of the government in our lives.”  

ATR thanks Rep. Hern for his commitment to protecting American taxpayers from a carbon tax. ATR strongly urges House leadership to allow a vote on the Hern amendment and supports its adoption in the final spending package. 

 All voters have a right to know where their lawmakers stand on this issue.