Tax proposal stresses cost of Iraq war

January 3, 2020

first_imgBy The Associated Press WASHINGTON – Arguing it is unfair to continue to pass the cost of the war in Iraq to future generations, three House Democrats on Tuesday offered a long-shot plan to raise taxes to pay for the $150billion bill for the war in 2008. One of them, Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said he would delay action on the White House’s war request for next year, saying he refuses “to continue the status quo.” The tax plan, unveiled by Obey and Reps. John Murtha, D-Pa., and Jim McGovern, D-Mass., would require low- and middle-income taxpayers to add 2 percent to their tax bill. Wealthier people would add a 12 percent to 15 percent surcharge, Obey said. Democrats hope their chances of winning a battle with Bush on the war will be better next year, as the election season heats up and if public support for Bush’s war stance continues to fall.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sponsors of the plan appeared more interested in making a point – getting people to focus on the cost of the war – than offering it as a serious proposal. Top Democrats shot down the idea, and it came under scathing assault from Republicans for linking funding for U.S. troops overseas with tax increases. “Just as I have opposed the war from the outset ? I am opposed to a war surtax,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. The move to defer action on President Bush’s $189 billion war funding request until next year, also announced by Obey, appears to reflect frustration over Democrats’ inability to force Bush to roll back the U.S. mission in Iraq. The war in Iraq is costing about $10 billion a month, with Afghanistan and other missions running about $2 billion a month. last_img

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