Democrats hammer House GOP over national sales tax proposal
Democrats have criticized a deal House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-CA, made with conservative hardliners to vote for a bill that would abolish the tax code and replace income taxes by a national sales tax of 30%.
McCarthy agreed to allow Rep. McCarthy agreed to give Rep. In exchange for a national sales tax of 30%, the bill would repeal the IRS, eliminate national income, payroll and corporate taxes, as well as abolishing the IRS. The legislation would also send “prebate” checks out to low-income families.
In the 1990s, conservative radio discussed the idea of replacing the IRS code by a sales tax. It is still being floated today but has never been voted on in either chamber.
In a Monday speech, President Joe Biden attacked this proposal. “National sales tax is a wonderful idea. He stated that it would increase taxes on the middle classes by taxing thousands more everyday items such as groceries and gas while lowering taxes for the wealthy.
Biden made a distinction on the legislation. Let me clarify: If any of these bills make it to mine, I will veto them. He said, “I will flat veto they.”
The proposal is being used by a growing number of Democrats as a political tool. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D–WA), chairwoman of Congressional Progressive Caucus stated in a tweet that the plan “slashes taxes for rich Americans and places that burden on poor and working-class families.”
Rep. Don Beyer (D.VA) also criticised the House speaker’s deal and called McCarthy corrupt. He tweeted, “They repeal taxes for billionaires while you pay 30% higher for gas, food, and so on.”
On Wednesday, Sen. Chris Murphy (D.CT) repeatedly attacked Republicans for the plan, writing on Twitter: “Inflation falling quickly.” It seems like the right time to push for a new 30% national sales tax.
The bill was signed by eleven co-signers, including Reps. Kat Cammack and Jeff Duncan (R–SC), Bob Good (R–VA), Andrew Clyde(R-GA), Scott Perry (R–PA), chairman of conservative House Freedom Caucus.
The legislation is supported by those who believe it to be a better system, as it doesn’t penalize those who make more money.