Woodall Re-Introduces Fairtax Bill

On day one of the 112th Congress of these United States Congressman Rob Woodall (GA-07) re-introduced H.R. 25, the bill better known as the FairTax. Remarkably, the bill was introduced with a record number of co-sponsors. Below is a press release announcing the re-introduction of the bill and a list of its current co-sponsors. If your CongressPerson is not on the list please contact them and ask them why. The FairTax plan is definitely our best shot and possibly our last chance to actually turn our economy around. Links to contact your elected representative are below:

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WOODALL INTRODUCES FAIRTAX BILL ON DAY ONE WITH RECORD NUMBER OF ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORS
Press Release | Jan. 5, 2011 | U. S. Rep Rob Woodall

Posted on Thursday, January 06, 2011 5:52:22 AM by phil_will1

Washington, DC—On Wednesday, January 5, 2011, Congressman Rob Woodall (GA-07) introduced H.R. 25, the FairTax. The FairTax legislation eliminates the current income tax paradigm and replaces it with a system of taxation based on consumption. The bill was introduced on Wednesday with 47 original co-sponsors—the most original co-sponsors the bill has ever had for its initial introduction.

“I committed to the Seventh District of Georgia that my efforts in Congress would focus on reclaiming freedom for the American people. It is for that reason that I am proud to make the FairTax—the only bill that restores transparency and simplicity to our tax code—my very first action in Congress. I have said since its inception that the FairTax is not a tax bill; it is a freedom bill,” Woodall said.

Woodall, who was sworn-in to Congress earlier in the day, played an integral role in crafting the original text of the FairTax as former Congressman John Linder’s Chief of Staff when the bill was originally introduced in 1999.

“Our current tax system is a bloated, convoluted mess that gives government power over Americans’ pockets. With 47 Members of Congress and counting signing their names to the FairTax, we are closer than ever before to voting on legislation that eliminates the frustrating mess that is the IRS.”

Although the FairTax was introduced with 47 original co-sponsors, Woodall anticipates adding many more Members of Congress to the bill. Once the FairTax is introduced with the original co-sponsors, Members are able to sign on to the bill as co-sponsors throughout the 112th Congress.

“The number of signatures on the FairTax this time around is a testament to the will of the people. It is clear that Americans do not want to have their hard-earned money taken away and they want to reclaim the freedom to spend their money how they choose and when they choose.”

The list of original co-sponsors is as follows:

1) Tom Price (GA)

2) Brian Bilbray (CA)

3 ) John Carter (TX)

4 ) Michael Conaway (TX)

5 ) John Duncan (TN)

6) Virginia Foxx (NC)

7) Steve King (IA)

8 ) Michael McCaul (TX)

9) Pete Olson (TX)

10 ) John Sullivan (OK)

11 ) Mac Thornberry (TX)

12) Phil Gingrey (GA)

13) Roscoe Bartlett (MD)

14) Don Young (AK)

15) Ander Crenshaw (FL)

16) Todd Akin (MO)

17) Lynn Westmoreland (GA)

18) Tom Graves (GA)

19) Gus Bilirakis (FL)

20) Ted Poe (TX)

21) Randy Neugebauer (TX)

22) Jeff Miller (FL)

23) Robert Wittman (VA)

24) Jack Kingston (GA)

25) Marlin Stutzman (IN)

26) Jeff Flake (AZ)

27) Billy Long (MO)

28) Cliff Stearns (FL)

29) Tim Walberg (MI)

30) Dennis Ross (FL)

31) Dan Boren (OK)

32) Mo Brooks (AL)

33) Darrell Issa (CA)

34) Richard Nugent (FL)

35) Tim Scott (SC)

36) Blake Farenthold (TX)

37) Jeff Duncan (SC)

38) Rob Bishop (UT)

39) Mike Pence (IN)

40) Sandy Adams (FL)

41) John Mica (FL)

42) Sue Wilkins Myrick (NC)

43) Dan Burton (IN)

44) John Culberson (TX)

45) James Lankford (OK)

46) Mike Pompeo (KS)

47) Gary Miller (CA)
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— Jennifer Drogus Communications Director Congressman-elect Rob Woodall
Seventh District of Georgia 202.225.4272 | jennifer.drogus@mail.house.gov

The FairTax may very well be the most important legislation of our time, but it will only become law through the persistent insistence of the people of this country. It’s not good politics, but it is good for the American people. Contact your representatives today insist they do what’s right for our Country! Here are those links again:

Use this link to easily find your congressman’s phone number ->  http://bit.ly/contactcongr

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Fair Tax in 2012

By Bob Keefe
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

WASHINGTON — Congressman-elect Rob Woodall campaigned on the Fair Tax idea that his former boss, retiring Rep. John Linder, has championed for years.

Woodall won the right to represent the conservative 7th Congressional District in northeast metro Atlanta, in fact, mainly because he out-Fair Tax-talked his Republican primary opponents.

Fair Tax supporters basically want to abolish the Internal Revenue Service, get rid of the federal income tax, corporate income taxes and other federal taxes and replace them with a national retail sales tax. Doing so, they say, will decrease the overall tax burden on consumers, reduce government spending and stimulate the economy.

So it wasn’t surprising that Woodall’s first meet-and-greet with the Washington press corps last week focused on his plans to reintroduce the Fair Tax bill that Linder has pushed for in Congress since 1999.

Between now and then, Woodall told me, he is busy rounding up a new posse of supporters on Capitol Hill.

“I only made one campaign promise,” he said. “If you elect me, you will see me put more co-sponsors on Fair Tax than ever before.”

Already, Woodall has 55 co-sponsors (10 former co-sponsors aren’t returning in January) and has talked to at least 10 new Congress members who support the idea, he said.

With one of the biggest influxes of newcomers to Congress in recent history, and Washington intent on overhauling federal spending and taxes, Woodall and his former boss say there has never been a better time for the Fair Tax idea.

“He [Woodall] is in a perfect position, with a lot younger legs than I have and a lot more fertile mind,” Linder said of his successor, protégé and former chief of staff.

Doing something as radical as abolishing the IRS and income taxes will take more than just dropping a bill in Congress, both Linder and Woodall acknowledge. That’s why both mentor and protégé also are working on making their Fair Tax idea an issue in the 2012 Presidential campaign, just like Republican primary contender Mike Huckabee did in 2008.

“Whenever you want to make huge changes or have big ideas, the President really has to lead the way,” Linder said.

Congressman Steve King on the FairTax

Congressman Steve King explains how adoption of H.R. 25, the Fair Tax, would strengthen the American economy.?

In this video Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) describes a conversation with Alan Greenspan regarding the FairTax plan. He then goes on to give an excellent explanation of exactly how the FairTax would bring jobs back to the U.S. and help turn our economy around.

King made this statement shortly after attending a 12/09/10 press conference in which he joined Congressman John Linder, Congressman Tom Price, Congressman Phil Gingrey and Congressman-elect Rob Woodall to call for passage of HR 25 in the 112th Congress.