Once again, the FairTax legislation has been introduced in Congress.
U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall dropped the bill, popular among his 7th District constitutents, on the first day of the 113th Congress on Thursday, following a campaign promise on the first day of his second term.
The legislation has a record number of original co-sponsors, with 53 representatives signing on when the bill was reintroduced.
"The momentum is building for fundamental tax reform and it's fueled by the American people," Woodall said in a press release. "We finished the 112th Congress with the highest number of combined cosponsors in the House and Senate that the FairTax has seen. While I wish I could take credit for these gains, I cannot. The credit goes to the tens of thousands of FairTax advocates across America who pursue, with tenacity and zeal, the FairTax's advancement in their hometown and with their Congressman and Senators. I'm grateful for their hard work and their commitment to America. They are changing minds and making a difference in Congress."
Woodall has continued to champion the proposal, originally introduced by his predecessor John Linder, which would abolish the current income tax system and replace it with a national sales tax.
"The FairTax addresses so many of the challenges Americans face today. By passing the FairTax, Congress can shield middle-class Americans from the burden of the payroll tax, the largest tax burden that most American families bear. The FairTax would make it easier for businesses to grow and hire new workers by abolishing America's corporate income tax, currently the highest in the world," the Republican from Lawrenceville said. "By passing the FairTax, Congress can also protect Social Security and Medicare for current and future retirees by switching to a more reliable revenue stream and increasing the number of Americans who contribute. We can restore America as the primary destination of jobs and investment from around world."
The congressman said he had renewed optimism for change in the new term.
"I am encouraged by the bipartisan, bicameral commitment to tackle fundamental tax reform this year on behalf of the American people," he said. "Fundamental tax reform that makes our laws fairer, simpler, and more transparent would unleash America's economic potential and allow the American people to focus on saving, investing, and succeeding rather than struggling to comply with the interminable tax changes and challenges of the federal government. I join with the hundreds of thousands of patriots across the nation and a record number of House members in calling on Congress to consider the FairTax as part of our economic solution in 2013."
Town hall meetings set
With the 2013 Georgia General Assembly session expected to begin in just more than a week, leaders are prepping to get some last-minute input from residents.
People in the Snellville, Lawrenceville and Grayson areas can attend one of two town hall meetings set for this week.
Reps. Valerie Clark, R-Lawrenceville, and Brett Harrell, R-Snellville, along with Rep.-elect Joyce Chandler, R-Grayson, will host the first session at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Rhodes Jordan Park Community Center in Lawrenceville.
Harrell and Chandler will hold another meeting at the Grayson senior center behind City Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Harrell will also give a preview to the session at the Snellville Commerce Club luncheon at noon Tuesday, and he will participate in a pre-session fundraiser with other lawmakers Wednesday. The event is set for 5 to 7 p.m. at the Capital Grille in Atlanta. (Lawmakers cannot raise funds while the Legislature is in session.)
On Tuesday, Rep. Buzz Brockway, R-Lawrenceville, will have an online town hall meeting.
Questions may be sent to him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or given during the live town hall, using the video stream console. Twitter users can submit questions during the Town Hall using the hashtag #buzzb.
The session will be live at 7 p.m for 30 to 45 minutes at vote4buzz.com.
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