Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Top House Dems push war 'surtax' of up to 15%

clipped from blogs.usatoday.com

"If the president really is concerned about stopping red ink, we are prepared to introduce legislation which will provide for a war surtax for that portion of military costs that are related to our military actions in Iraq," Rep. David Obey, the Wisconsin Democrat who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, says, according to Reuters.

The Politico reports members of the Democratic leadership say they'll oppose any spending bills that don't include a plan to end the 4-year-old conflict. Under the surtax proposal, taxpayers would pay extra taxes -- ranging from 2% to 15% based on income -- designed to raise $140 billion a year for the war effort.

"If you don't like the cost, then shut down the war," Obey just told reporters on Capitol Hill. He was joined by Reps. John Murtha of Pennsylvania and James McGovern of Massachusetts.

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