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Letter to Chairman Hensarling and Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Jeff Landry (R, LA-03) and 71 other House Republicans sent a letter to the "Super Committee" urging them to not raise taxes.

"Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington… we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden," Landry and his colleagues wrote.

Landry, who voted against the Budget Control Act which increased the nation's debt ceiling and created the Super Committee, cited America's fiscal crisis as a result of wasteful spending not a lack of revenue.

"Washington has created the mess we're in because it spends too much, not taxes too little," said Landry. "The American people don't deserve the super disaster that is the Super Committee, and they certainly don't need more of their hard-earned money being taken away by recommendations agreed to by a small group of members meeting in secret."

"Those who voted to create the Super Committee relinquished their duties as elected officials to a group of 12 that met in secret," continued Landry. "So, I will do all that I can to fight for the people of South Louisiana and ensure the Secret Committee does not include a tax increase in their proposals."

Dear Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction:

It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington.

Thus, as you continue the important task of reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowers and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut.

Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States.

Sincerely,


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