By Jon Richards
The new session of Congress opened on Tuesday in a snowy Washington, DC, and in what has become a tradition for the first day of the session, Georgia's Seventh District Congressman Rob Woodall again introduced H.R. 25, A.K.A. The FairTax.
Woodall, who helped draft the original FairTax legislation for his predecessor, John Linder, has long positioned the measure a freedom bill as opposed to a tax bill. In a statement issued on Tuesday, Woodall said,
The current tax code is by far the most effective tool for politicians to use in manipulating the behavior of Americans, and the FairTax removes a very powerful weapon from their arsenal. The fact that there are those in Washington who would resist this can neither surprise, nor discourage us. The immense dedication of those in the FairTax community across the country is directly responsible for the consistent and significant progress we are seeing in Washington, and I'm grateful.
The bill was introduced this year with a record-breaking number of cosponsors, at 58. Georgia Reps. joining Woodall in co-sponsoring the measure include Buddy Carter (1st), Lynn Westmoreland (3rd), Tom Price (6th), Doug Collins (9th), Jody Hice (10th), Barry Loudermilk (11th), and Tom Graves (14th).