House Passes Resolutions Opposing Carbon, Oil Taxes

The House on June 9 approved resolutions signaling opposition to any carbon tax and oil fee/tax (HConRes 89 and HConRes 112). House GOP leaders said that they would oppose President Obama’s proposals to impose a carbon tax or a tax on oil. “This type of tax is not just a tax on carbon. It’s a tax on working families. It’s a tax on the American economy…. It’s the wrong thing to do,” Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., said on the House floor.

House Democrats, however, generally opposed the resolutions. “Climate change requires all of us, including Republicans in denial, to come to our senses and to act on the challenge of climate change,” House Ways and Means Committee ranking member Sander Levin, D-Mich., said on the House floor. “This “sense of Congress” resolution completely fails to meet that challenge. I urge its rejection,” he added.

Expressing the sense of Congress opposing the president’s proposed $10 tax on every barrel of oil, HConRes 112 passed the House also by voice vote. The resolution urges Congress to “review the detrimental impacts such change would place on industries facing economic difficulties,” when considering new tax policy.

According to Boustany, the tax on a barrel of oil would make the problem worse. “We must embrace the energy revolution that’s been unleashed by American innovation, not tax it into oblivion,” he added.

By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News Staff

Ways and Means Press Release: Levin Floor Statement on GOP Carbon Tax “Sense of Congress” Resolution

House Concurrent Resolution Expressing the Sense of Congress that a Carbon Tax Would Be Detrimental to the United States Economy, HConRes 89

House Concurrent Resolution Expressing the Sense of Congress Opposing the President’s Proposed $10 Tax on Every Barrel of Oil, HConRes 112

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