Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) commends congressional candidate Troy Nehls for signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written commitment to Texas taxpayers that they will oppose and vote against all tax hikes. Nehls made this commitment back on March 11 with ATR President Grover Norquist as one of his witnesses. 

“I applaud Sheriff Troy Nehls’ decision to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. Texas voters are looking for solutions that get Americans back to work and grow the economy. Signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and holding the line on taxes is the first step in that process,” said Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform

Candidates running for public office like to say they will not raise taxes, but often turn their backs on the taxpayer once elected. The idea of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing, so the promise is much harder to break.

There are currently 171 Pledge signers in the U.S. House and 48 Pledge signers in the U.S. Senate. Eighty-nine percent of all congressional Republicans have made the written commitment to oppose higher taxes. In contrast, ZERO congressional Democrats have made that promise. 

“Voters have a right to know where candidates stand on taxes. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge is a simple litmus test that tells voters I’ll work to protect your wallet.” continued Norquist.