ATR Applauds Scalise-McKinley Anti-Carbon Tax Resolution

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Posted by Jack Fencl on Tuesday, May 18th, 2021, 3:57 PM PERMALINK

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Congressman David McKinley (R-W.Va.) re-introduced their anti-carbon tax resolution on Monday. The lawmakers have presented the resolution to every Congress since 2013 in order to voice Republican opposition to the job-killing energy tax.  

"With the reintroduction of my anti-carbon tax resolution with Congressman McKinley, all members of Congress will have the opportunity to be on record opposing a costly, job-killing carbon tax that would devastate families and jeopardize America’s energy security,” Whip Scalise said in a statement.

The decision to re-introduction the anti-carbon tax resolution on Tax Day, May 17th, signals the continued opposition to energy taxes from House Republicans and GOP leadership.

Speaking in support of the resolution, ATR President Grover Norquist issued the following statement:

Americans for Tax Reform applauds today's re-introduction of the Scalise-McKinley anti-carbon tax resolution. A carbon tax is a gas tax on steroids that would kill hundreds of thousands of jobs and raise energy costs across the board.

A carbon tax would make it more expensive for Americans to fill up their cars, pay their utility bills, and shop at the grocery store. Congress should focus on reducing energy costs for American families, not adding to their burden.

The decision to introduce this resolution on Tax Day signals that Republican leadership is rightly committed to protecting affordable energy for American families and that the GOP will stand between taxpayers and a middle-class tax hike, regardless of how Democrats dress it up.

In March, a coalition of over 60 conservative and free-market organizations led by Americans for Tax Reform released a letter to Congress stating their unified opposition to "any form of a carbon tax."

The Scalise-McKinley resolution has enjoyed substantial support in years past, having passed the House in July of 2018 by a 229-180 vote margin. It offers members of Congress an opportunity to go on the record to demonstrate their opposition to the extreme policies being pushed by Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi. 

ATR applauds Congressmen Scalise and McKinley for leading the fight against a carbon tax and applauds their commitment to protecting American families and businesses from a carbon tax.

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