Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) Takes on the Christmas Tree Tax

Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) has introduced a joint resolution “disapproving [of] the rule of the Agricultural Marketing Service of the Department of Agriculture with respect to the establishment of a Christmas tree promotion, research, and information program.”

We applaud the Congressman for jumping on this issue, which was highlighted yesterday by The Heritage Foundation’s David Addington and resulted in the tax being “delayed” several hours later. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Mr. Addington writes of the proposed tax:

“In short, sales of fresh Christmas trees are down, because some Americans have individually decided to buy an artificial Christmas tree or not to have a Christmas tree. In a free market, the proper response of businesses that face a sales decline is to seek to create more demand for their product by more effective advertising, lower price, or increased quality, or a combination thereof – not to ask the Government to help them sell their products.”

Rep. Scalise builds on this criticism in his joint resolution, writing:

“Whereas in tough economic times the last thing the Federal Government should be doing is levying a tax that will hit millions of American families who celebrate Christmas.”

Kudos to Rep. Scalise for his quick action on dealing with this ludicrous tax.

Read the full letter from Mr. Addington here.

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