Larson Supports Lewis's Cost of War Amendment
Washington, D.C. – Today, during the Ways and Means Mark-Up of the Republican tax plan, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01), supported Rep. John Lewis’s (GA-05) amendment on the Cost of War. This amendment would delay the effective date of revenue-reducing provisions of H.R. 1 until the U.S. Armed Forces are withdrawn from the current wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria and the budget deficit has been eliminated. The amendment failed along party lines in Committee. Larson introduced a similar measure in 2009, the Share the Sacrifice Act with David Obey, then Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and John Murtha, Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Committee.
“As the presidential historian Robert Dallek said, ‘war kills off great reform movements.’ The only people who truly pay the price for war are members of the Armed Services and their families. If the nation decides that a war was important enough to fight, then it ought to be important enough to pay for. The Share the Sacrifice Act would have imposed a war surtax, at levels enough to fully pay for the war effort – while exempting servicemembers, their families, and the families of the fallen in honor of the steep price they have already paid. I supported the Lewis Amendment to ensure that we as a Nation remember the sacrifice that less than 1 percent of the nation – our servicemembers – bear on our behalf and highlight the growing economic disparity the reckless Republican tax plan is imposing on the American people,” said Larson.