Merkley, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Opposing Republican Plan to Impose National Sales Tax

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley joined
his Senate colleagues to introduce a resolution opposing Congressional
Republicans’ plan to impose a nationwide sales tax on all goods and services,
which would increase prices for hardworking families by 30 percent. Instead of
this misguided tax increase, the resolution calls for supporting a tax cut that
will help working families and grow the middle class.

“As many Americans face rising costs for everyday
necessities such as food, medicine, and housing, we must work to reduce the
burden of inflation, not impose an outrageous sales tax that would raise the
price of everything by an additional
30 percent,” said Senator Merkley. “This plan for a national sales tax will
hurt hardworking individuals and households across the nation. I’ll keep
fighting for tax policies that give relief to working and middle class families
while ensuring wealthy corporations and billionaires pay their fair share.”

This resolution opposes the House Republican proposal to
impose a 30 percent sales tax on all goods and services, raising prices for
hardworking families and seniors. The resolution also supports the passage of a
responsible tax cut to benefit hardworking families and grow the middle class,
while ensuring that the ultra-wealthy and billion-dollar corporations pay their
fair share. The resolution also explicitly opposes paying for any tax cuts with
cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid, or cuts to pay or benefits for
servicemembers, veterans, or law enforcement.

The resolution was led by U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV)
and Jon Tester (D-MT). Alongside Merkley, the resolution was cosponsored by
Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), John Fetterman
(D-PA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Debbie Stabenow (D-WA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA),
Jack Reed (D-RI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Tammy Baldwin
(D-WI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

Text of the full resolution can be found here.