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ATR Statement on House Trade Votes


Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Friday, June 12th, 2015, 3:40 PM PERMALINK

Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist today made the following statement: 

"It is unfortunate that House Democrats killed the free trade initiative which is supported by their own president. Republicans in Congress are to be commended for working on behalf of good policy with a president of the other party, and putting the nation's interests first.

"The Democrats have a choice: they are for their Big Labor masters and against their own president, or they are not.

"We continue to hope and plan to pass a free trade package as soon as possible. We hope that the Democrats will consider the national interest when we do."

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Rick Santorum Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American People

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Thursday, June 11th, 2015, 9:05 AM PERMALINK

Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), a candidate for the presidency of the United States, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people.

The pledge is a written commitment to the American people to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

“By signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people, Senator Santorum continues his tradition of protecting American taxpayers against higher taxes,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Senator Santorum understands that government should be reformed so that it takes and spends less of the taxpayers’ money, and will oppose tax increases that paper over and continue the failures of the past."

ATR has shared the Pledge with all candidates for federal office since 1986. In the 114th Congress, 49 U.S. Senators and 218 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. On the state level, 13 incumbent governors and approximately 1,000 incumbent state legislators have signed the Pledge.

Senator Santorum signed and kept the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as a Senator for Pennsylvania and as a candidate for President in 2012.

In 2012, all candidates for the Republican nomination for president signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, with the lone exception of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Huntsman finished seventh in Iowa and third in New Hampshire before dropping out of the race.

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Rick Perry Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American People

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Monday, June 8th, 2015, 7:45 AM PERMALINK

Former Governor Rick Perry (R-Texas), a candidate for the presidency of the United States, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people.

The pledge is a written commitment to the American people to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

“By signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people, Governor Perry continues his tradition of protecting American taxpayers against higher taxes,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Governor Perry understands that government should be reformed so that it takes and spends less of the taxpayers’ money, and will oppose tax increases that paper over and continue the failures of the past."

ATR has shared the Pledge with all candidates for federal office since 1986. In the 114th Congress, 49 U.S. Senators and 218 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. On the state level, 13 incumbent governors and approximately 1,000 incumbent state legislators have signed the Pledge.

Governor Perry signed and kept the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as the Governor of Texas and as a candidate for President in 2012.

“Governor Rick Perry led Texas for 14 years. He has kept taxes low, fought the trial lawyers and regulators -- both in Texas and Washington -- and created a pro-growth environment that made it possible for Texans to create new jobs and opportunities faster than in other states," said Norquist.

In 2012, all candidates for the Republican nomination for president signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, with the lone exception of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Huntsman finished seventh in Iowa and third in New Hampshire before dropping out of the race.

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Mike Huckabee: Tax Hikes Are Off the Table

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Thursday, May 14th, 2015, 2:44 PM PERMALINK

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R), a candidate for the presidency of the United States, has made a written pledge to the American people to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to raise taxes.”

“Governor Huckabee has pledged in writing to the American people that he will oppose and veto any and all tax increases,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “His public commitment makes it clear that he will fight to reform government to cost less rather than paper over and continue past failures with higher taxes."

Governor Huckabee also ruled out tax hikes as a candidate for President in 2008. Among declared 2016 GOP presidential candidates, Huckabee joins Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Carly Fiorina in pledging to oppose any and all tax increases.  

In 2012, all candidates for the Republican nomination for president pledged to oppose tax hikes with the lone exception of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Huntsman finished seventh in Iowa and third in New Hampshire before dropping out of the race.

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Carly Fiorina Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American People

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Thursday, May 7th, 2015, 6:45 AM PERMALINK

Carly Fiorina, a candidate for the presidency of the United States, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people. 

The pledge is a written commitment to the American people to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.” 

Previously, Fiorina signed the Pledge as a U.S. Senate candidate from California in 2010. “Carly has a long history of supporting and defending taxpayers,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

Among declared 2016 GOP presidential candidates, Fiorina joins Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz in signing the Pledge.

ATR has shared the Pledge with all candidates for federal office since 1986. In the 114th Congress, 49 U.S. Senators and 218 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. On the state level, 13 incumbent governors and approximately 1,000 incumbent state legislators have signed the Pledge.

In 2012, all candidates for the Republican nomination for president signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, with the lone exception of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

“By signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people, Carly Fiorina continues to protect American taxpayers against higher taxes,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Fiorina understands that government should be reformed so that it takes and spends less of the taxpayers’ money, and will oppose tax increases that paper over and continue the failures of the past."

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Senator Marco Rubio Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American People

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, 6:00 AM PERMALINK

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a candidate for the presidency of the United States, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people. 

The pledge is a written commitment to the American people to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

Senator Rubio signed and kept the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. He is a Pledge signer in his current capacity as a U.S. Senator and has kept his promise to Floridians.

ATR has shared the Pledge with all candidates for federal office since 1986. In the 114th Congress, 49 U.S. Senators and 218 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. On the state level, 13 incumbent governors and approximately 1,000 incumbent state legislators have signed the Pledge.

In 2012, all candidates for the Republican nomination for president signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, with the lone exception of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

“Senator Rubio is a longtime leader in the taxpayer movement. He signed and kept the Pledge as a Florida state House representative and as a United States Senator. By signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people, Senator Rubio continues to protect American taxpayers against higher taxes,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Senator Rubio understands that government should be reformed so that it takes and spends less of the taxpayers’ money, and will oppose tax increases that paper over and continue the failures of the past."

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Senator Ted Cruz Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American People

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Friday, April 24th, 2015, 11:59 AM PERMALINK

Today, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a candidate for the presidency of the United States, signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people. 

The pledge is a written commitment to the American people to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

ATR has shared the Pledge with all candidates for federal office since 1986. In the 114th Congress, 49 U.S. Senators and 218 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. On the state level, 13 incumbent governors and approximately 1,000 incumbent state legislators have signed the Pledge.

In 2012, all candidates for the Republican nomination for president signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, with the lone exception of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Senator Cruz signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as a Senate candidate in the 2012 cycle and has kept his pledge to the people of Texas.

“By signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people, Senator Cruz continues to protect American taxpayers against higher taxes,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Senator Cruz understands that government should be reformed so that it takes and spends less of the taxpayers’ money, and will oppose tax increases that paper over and continue the failures of the past."

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Senator Rand Paul Signs Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American People

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Friday, April 24th, 2015, 11:56 AM PERMALINK

Today, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a candidate for the presidency of the United States, signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people. 

Senator Paul is the first candidate for the 2016 Republican nomination to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

The pledge is a written commitment to the American people to “oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes.”

ATR has shared the Pledge with all candidates for federal office since 1986. In the 114th Congress, 49 U.S. Senators and 218 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. On the state level, 13 incumbent governors and approximately 1,000 incumbent state legislators have signed the Pledge.

In 2012, all candidates for the Republican nomination for president signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, with the lone exception of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Senator Paul signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as a Senate candidate in the 2010 cycle and has kept his pledge to the people of Kentucky.

“By signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people, Senator Paul continues to protect American taxpayers against higher taxes,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “Senator Paul understands that government should be reformed so that it takes and spends less of the taxpayers’ money, and will oppose tax increases that paper over and continue the failures of the past."

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Ten Outrageous Items the IRS Purchased With Taxpayer's Money

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, 11:48 AM PERMALINK

Throughout the 2015 tax season the IRS has desperately tried to convince Americans that it needs more money. It is ridiculous that the agency is now pleading poverty, after years of outrageous spending habits. A Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report outlines the abuses in the IRS employee credit card program. Below are the top ten most ridiculous items purchased with IRS credit cards:

Item #1: Nerf Footballs
IRS employees used their credit card to purchase $119 worth of Nerf footballs that were intended to be used for a “team-building exercise.”  As if that wasn’t bad enough, they never used the balls, which are “currently stored in a filing cabinet” somewhere in the bowels of the IRS.

Item #2: “Related Alcohol Purchases”
At one luncheon, IRS credit cards were used for “related alcohol purchases” including 28 bottles of wine—for 41 guests.  As a bottle of wine contains about five servings, this equates to three and a half glasses of wine per person. 

Item #3: Thomas the Tank Engine Rubber Wristbands
For the child in all of us, the IRS purchased these for “managers’ meetings.”  These were part of the “almost $4,000 in improper decorative and give-away items” that TIGTA found in their review.

Item #4: "World’s Largest Crossword Puzzle"
Along with some jigsaw puzzles, the IRS purchased the “world’s largest crossword puzzle.”  These purchases cost $89 of taxpayer money.  Hopefully the IRS actually used these in their “team building” activities.

Item #5: “Plush Animals”
Even IRS agents need a little love sometimes, which may be why plush animals were purchased with IRS credit cards as give away prizes.  Who wouldn’t want to go home and squeeze their little teddy after a long day of harassing free-market grassroots groups?

Item #6: Bathtub Toy Boats
Another one of the “give-away items” at the IRS managers’ meetings were “bathtub toy boats”.  The IRS spent $418 to purchase these, along with some other “improper decorative and give-away items.”

Item #7: Stove Top Hats
Not many people can pull off the hat like Abe Lincoln did, but that didn’t stop IRS agents from trying to outdo our 16th President.  Stove top hats were purchased using an IRS credit card as yet another “give-away prize.”

Item #8: Kazoos
The IRS must enjoy the sound of Kazoos.  They used your tax money for “novelty decorations and give-away items, such as kazoos” which were awarded as prizes during their managers’ meetings. 

Item #9: “Dinner at an approximate cost of $140 per person.”
The report notes a “dinner at an approximate cost of $140 per person, four times the Federal Government per diem rate in Washington D.C.”  At the time of this conference the per diem rate was $36 for dinner.

Item #10: A $100 Per Person Lunch
The IRS spent five times the Federal Government per diem rate of $18 when they bought lunch at $100 per guest.  And they say there is no such thing as a free lunch.

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Norquist Congratulates Rand Paul on Campaign Launch

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Posted by Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, 11:56 AM PERMALINK

ATR president Grover Norquist today issued the following statement praising Senator Rand Paul:

"Senator Rand Paul has been a strong and consistent friend of taxpayers. I have known Rand Paul since we worked together in the taxpayer movement in the early 1990s. As a Senator he signed and kept the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. If elected president he would be the first taxpayer activist to become president. A healthy precedent."

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