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Left-Right Coalition of 15 Groups Joins With Two Senators in Effort to Simplify Federal Tax System
For Immediate Release December 8, 2006
(Washington, DC) -- A history-making alliance between Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Larry Craig (R-ID) and 15 organizations spanning the entire political spectrum today vowed to work together toward a Congressional debate over federal tax reform, centered around the principles outlined in the coalition's "Cleanse the Code" statement.
"Although we may disagree on the merits of a particular tax reform proposal (and each may have additional core standards for reform), we do agree that major reform -- much as we saw in 1986 -- is needed," the joint statement noted.
The Cleanse the Code effort was conceived by Senator Wyden, who reached out to liberal and conservative organizations with a long history of involvement in tax issues, some of whom participated in the 1986 tax reform campaign that broadened the base of the income tax while lowering and simplifying rates. The signatories ranged from the Progressive Policy Institute to the American Conservative Union, from the National Taxpayers Union to Citizens for Tax Justice, from the Taxpayers for Common Sense to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. All of the groups rallied around three principles that will "provide guidance for debate as we move forward with a substantial revision to the U.S. Tax Code:"
National Taxpayers Union President John Berthoud, whose organization was part of the team that assembled the coalition and statement, said that he was encouraged by the early, bipartisan progress that has been made toward deciding the future of the Tax Code in 2007. "Each of our coalition members has a different vision over what our tax system should look like," Berthoud concluded. "But thanks to Cleanse the Code, lawmakers from both parties must now recognize that fundamental tax reform is an ideal shared by taxpayers left and right."
The 350,000-member National Taxpayers Union was founded in 1969 to work for lower taxes and smaller government at all levels. Note: For the text of the full Cleanse the Code Statement, along with all 15 signatories, visit www.ntu.org.