Issue Position: Taxes
Congressman Blackburn is a staunch advocate of the American taxpayer and has fought legislation to raise taxes at every turn.
While in the Tennessee Senate, Blackburn led a statewide grassroots campaign to defeat the proposed state income tax. Her frequent appearances on talk radio and positive mention in national publications like the Wall Street Journal made her a recognized national anti-tax and government reform advocate.
In 2003, Blackburn helped lead the effort to pass tax relief for virtually all taxpayers, restore concurrent receipt for veterans, enact legislation to give small business employees greater health care access,.
An advocate for reducing government spending, each year Blackburn has sponsored three bills to require across the board spending cuts in the Federal budget during the 108th Congress. In recognition of her conservative voting record, National Journal rated Blackburn a "top House conservative" in 2004.
As a member of the fiscally responsible Republican Study Committee (RSC), Congressman Blackburn introduced the American Taxpayer Bill of Rights, a new initiative to protect the American taxpayer. he event was the kickoff of a massive grassroots effort to revamp how the federal government collects and spends taxpayer dollars. She believes that taxpayers have a right to have a fiscally responsible federal government that protects the social security trust fund, holds the line on taxes, produces a simple, understandable and fair tax code.
Americans for Tax Reform called Blackburn a "Taxpayer Hero" in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
In 2004 she joined took the Americans for Taxpayers Pledge and has commended for voting in favor of the American taxpayer a perfect 100% of the time on three different occasions.
The National Taxpayers Union has bestowed the title of "Friend of the Taxpayer" upon Blackburn three times and recently named her the 7th best legislator on tax issues for the 109th Congress.