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10 December 2009

Bipartisan Opposition Kills Afghanistan War Tax

Last week, President Obama announced an additional 30,000 troops would be sent to Afghanistan as part of the efforts to combat al-Qaeda, the Taliban and terrorism. Days later, Congressman David R. Obey (D - Wisconsin) proposed the increase in troops be funded with a 1% war tax.

Obey, who serves as the House Appropriations Committee chairman, almost immediately received a chorus of opposition for his idea from Democrats and Republicans.

In Georgia, U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss and 8th district Congressman Jim Marshall both came out against the Afghanistan war tax in interviews with the Macon Telegraph:

Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Ga., will not support a proposal by several of his House Democratic colleagues to fund President Obama’s troop increase in Afghanistan with a 1 percent income tax increase.

Marshall spokesman Doug Moore responded with a two-word e-mail to a question about whether his boss would support the tax: “Definitely no.”

Day, Thomas L. (2009-12-6). Military Notebook: Marshall opposes war tax to fund troop surge. Macon Telegraph. Retrieved on 2009-12-10.

In a phone interview Tuesday from his Washington office, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., threw his conditional support behind President Obama’s troop increase in Afghanistan while scolding House Democrats for proposing a “war surtax” to pay for the escalation.

“It will be a very interesting argument and difficult for me to understand how a Democrat can stand up with a straight face and say, ‘OK, we’re going to spend two and a half trillion dollars on a health-care bill, but we’re not willing to protect the American people,’ ’’ Chambliss said, citing how Republicans dispute the cost of the proposed health-care reform bill of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Day, Thomas L. (2009-12-2). Chambliss: Proposed war tax "difficult for me to understand". Macon Telegraph. Retrieved on 2009-12-10.

In the end, Obey's war tax was killed after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D - California) said she opposed the idea [Soraghan, Mike (2009-12-3). Pelosi nixes Obey's war tax proposal. The Hill. Retrieved on 2009-12-10.].

And that's that.