Sitting Senator signs pledge to not raise taxes.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Ben Nelson, a Democrat from Nebraska up for re-election this November, recently signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). The Pledge commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." Senator Nelson marks the 47th Senator in the 109th session to sign the Pledge.
ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987. To date, President George W. Bush, 47 U.S. Senators, and 222 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge. Additionally, six Governors and over 1,260 state legislators have signed the Pledge as well.
“America needs leaders who are committed to protecting taxpayers, and signing our Pledge demonstrates that kind of leadership,” said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.
“By signing the Pledge, Ben Nelson demonstrates allegiance to hard-working taxpayers nationwide, as well as dedication to taxpayers in Nebraska. I applaud Senator Nelson for the leadership and dedication he showed by signing the Pledge.”
“I strongly encourage every candidate for federal and state elective office to sign the Pledge,” Norquist continued.