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Rep. Scalise’s Anti-Carbon Tax Resolutions

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In the past four Congressional sessions, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA-01), introduced an anti-carbon tax resolution in the House:

  • In the 113th Congress it was H. Con. Res. 24, it had 155 cosponsors, and it passed in August 2013 as an amendment to another bill.
  • In the 114th Congress it was H. Con. Res 89, it had 82 cosponsors, and it passed in June 2016.
  • In the 115th Congress it was  H. Con. Res. 119, it had 48 cosponsors, and it passed passed in July 2018.
  • In the 116th Congress it is H. Con. Res. 41 and as of July 30, 2019 it had only 24 cosponsors.
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Each of these resolutions made the claim that a carbon tax would be “detrimental to the United States economy.”

As many economic models have highlighted, if done the right way, a tax or fee on carbon will actually boost the economy.

These votes presented Congress with a false choice between the environment and the economy. But in fact, the studies have been done and the conclusions are clear: A well-designed price on carbon that returns the revenue to people is a win for the economy, the environment, and our country. These resolutions ignored research, overly simplified the topic, and attempted to shut down conversation.

But that conversation is already robust and continuing to grow. Some Republican members of Congress have already introduced carbon pricing bills—Rep. Scalise and any of his Republican colleagues are welcome to join the discussion at any time. We invite them to explore the nuances of this topic and discover the huge benefits awaiting our country.

The amount of public support for a well-designed national carbon pricing policy is becoming undeniable. We’re confident these votes will not slow that growing momentum, and we look forward to the day Congress responds with significant bipartisan legislation to price carbon and return the revenue directly to the American people.

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