Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) commends former Vice President Mike Pence for signing the Presidential Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written commitment to the taxpayers of the United States to oppose and veto any tax increase.
Candidates often make campaign promises not to raise taxes, only to abandon taxpayers once elected. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge requires candidates to put their commitment in writing – making it much harder to reverse course. By signing the Pledge, Pence has demonstrated a dedication to fiscal responsibility and pro-growth tax policies that taxpayers can rely on.
“I strongly applaud Mike Pence for taking a principled stand and signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. By making this commitment, he has demonstrated a true dedication to the values of fiscal responsibility and pro-growth tax policy. Pence’s pledge is a powerful symbol of his unwavering support for hardworking taxpayers and their right to keep more of their hard-earned money,” said ATR President Grover Norquist.
He continued, “With Pence’s pledge, we can trust he will champion pro-growth policies, protect our economic freedom, and resist any attempts to burden Americans with tax hikes.”
Mike Pence has a long history of protecting taxpayers’ wallets. Pence signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge as governor of Indiana and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Taxpayer Protection Pledge was created in 1985 by Americans for Tax Reform as a way to solidify candidates’ commitments to taxpayers. President Reagan urged all candidates to sign the Pledge. He campaigned for and praised candidates who signed the Pledge.
Today, over 1,400 incumbent elected officials on the federal and state level are Taxpayer Protection Pledge signers.
There are currently 189 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 42 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. 85% of Congressional Republicans have signed the pledge and put their commitment to oppose tax increases into writing, contrasting the ZERO congressional Democrats who have made this commitment.
In the coming weeks, ATR expects all GOP candidates for President to make this written commitment to U.S. taxpayers.
New candidates sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge regularly. Please visit the ATR Pledge Database for the most up-to-date information on the Pledge.