Here is a little bit of FairTax History and Lore. There were Democrats on the original legislation.
The FairTax was first introduced as the National Retial Sales Tax Act of 1997 by Congressman Dan Schaefer, R, CO-06, on June 19, 1997 in the 105th Congress as H.R.2001. John Linder was one of the original co-sponsors.
There was a related bill, H.R.1325, which had the same sponsor and same title, all of its 10 co-sponsors (including John Linder) in common, similar subject matter, and was introduced, appropriately, on APRIL 15, 1997. I am speculating that 1335 lost steam and was overtaken by 2001 - but 1335 was never formally withdrawn.
The co-Sponsors of H.R.2001, and the dates they signed on, are:
Rep Barcia, James A. (D) [MI-5] - 6/25/1998
*Rep Bono, Sonny (R) [CA-44] - 6/19/1997
Rep Brady, Kevin (R) [TX-8] - 10/1/1997
Rep Callahan, Sonny (R) [AL-1] - 2/3/1998
Rep Campbell, Tom (R) [CA-15] - 10/21/1997
Rep Chenoweth, Helen (R) [ID-1] - 7/22/1997
*Rep Hall, Ralph M. (R) [TX-4] - 6/19/1997
*Rep Hefley, Joel (R) [CO-5] - 6/19/1997
Rep Hunter, Duncan (R) [CA-52] - 3/11/1998
*Rep Linder, John (R) [GA-11] - 6/19/1997
*Rep Myrick, Sue Wilkins (R) [NC-9] - 6/19/1997
*Rep Norwood, Charles W. (R) [GA-10] - 6/19/1997
*Rep Packard, Ron (R) [CA-48] - 6/19/1997
Rep Peterson, Collin C. (D) [MN-7] - 10/1/1997
Rep Scarborough, Joe (R) [FL-1] - 10/8/1998
*Rep Stump, Bob (D) [AZ-3] - 6/19/1997
*Rep Tauzin, W. J. (Billy) (R) [LA-3] - 6/19/1997
Rep Traficant, James A., Jr. (D) [OH-17] - 8/6/1998
*Rep Wicker, Roger F. (R) [MS-1] - 6/19/1997
*=also a co-sponsor of H.R.1325. H.R.1335 had 1 Sponsor: Republican, 10 Co-Sponsors, 9 Republican, 1 Democrat, all signed at the beginning when the bill was introduced.
H.R.2001 had, by the end of the 105th Congress, 1 Sponosor: Republican; 19 Co-Sponsors: 4 Democrats, 15 Republicans.
Both H.R.2001 and H.R.1325 expired with the 105th Congress at the end of 1998.
Hey, Jim, excellent synopsis. Please bring this up-to-date. I have potential supporters who want to know! The FT books are not specific like this. Thank you!
There is a hybrid income/consumption tax being proposed by a professor of finance at Western Michigan University, Christopher Korth, which has many of the distinct features and advantages of the FT plus a "progressive" income tax on incomes of $1M and up. Let me know what you think: www.sensibletaxreform.org it is short and fast reading and will give you its salient features.
I am discouraged by my Congressmember Tom Reed (R) NY-23 who will not give me the time of day or even allow his aids to call me back to discus HR 25 - very disturbing. He just began his second term, was nearly defeated for re-election, but still won't engage us FairTaxers - what to do?
All my best, and thanks for all you do to improve our country's tax "system",
J David Swift
I'd come right off "sensible tax reform" if I were you and stick to the FairTax. It looks as if STR eliminates corporate income taxes and social security payroll taxes. It changes the federal Estate Tax to a New Jersey-style to a transfer inheritance tax, AND it ADDS A CONSUMPTION TAX.
The problem with keeping the income tax for earners over one million dollars is that it will not stay at a million dollars for long. We will soon have today's tax code all over again, AND the consumption tax.
Dump the STR and go with a winner, the FairTax.