Federal taxes are too high. In Congress, lowering taxes has always been one of my top priorities. I supported President Bush's tax relief plan which centered on cutting marginal tax rates, marriage penalty relief, and the repeal of the estate or "death" tax. These tax cuts will expire after 2010, so I am working to make them permanent. In the long run, I want to change the way Americans are taxed by making the system simpler. I believe the IRS should be abolished and replaced with a simpler system. Many proposals have been offered which have merit, such as the flat tax and a national sales tax - based on consumption.
While there is dispute over what the best solution for a new system is, I think we can all agree that our current tax code is overly complicated and burdensome for Americans. I believe we must make a real effort to reform our tax code. I will continue to fight for lower taxes, and work to cut wasteful spending in the federal budget. I believe Congress should enact a Tax Limitation Amendment (TLA) to the Constitution that would require a 2/3 vote of both the House and Senate in order to raise taxes. Reducing the tax burden on our citizens will allow Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money, helping our economy continue to grow and prosper.