72 House Republicans Urge "Super Committee" Not to Back Higher Taxes

The Republican Study Committee (RSC) in the United States House of Representatives has about 180 conservative members.  When the Republican Party last gained controlled of the House of Representatives in 1994  --  after being in the wilderness since President Dwight Eisenhower's administration  --  there were only about half that number of members of the conservative RSC.  The committee is chaired by Congressman Jim Jordan from Ohio. 
 
Here is a quote from Chairman Jordan regarding the letter 72 RSC members sent to the so-called "Super Committee" which is supposed to come up with a cut in the federal debt of some $1.3 trillion:  “Cutting back the national debt will require stronger private sector job growth and less government spending.  Raising taxes would just take us further away from both goals.”
 
The rest of the press release from the Republican Study Committee is directly below including the letter from the 72 RSC members to the "Super Committee":

 

72 House Republicans Urge “Super Committee” Not to Back Higher Taxes

Washington, DC – 72 House Republicans, led by Congressman Patrick McHenry, sent a letter to members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction today urging them not to raise taxes.

“Tax increases aren’t going to get our economy back on the right track,” Congressman McHenry stated.  “We need real solutions to address runaway spending.  Raising taxes will only further damage the economy, discourage private sector investment, and hurt Americans struggling to make ends meet.”

Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan added, “Cutting back the national debt will require stronger private sector job growth and less government spending.  Raising taxes would just take us further away from both goals.”

The full text of the letter is included below, and a list of signers is available here.

Dear Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction:

It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little.  According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate.  Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington.

Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans’ tax burden.  With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut. 

Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States.