Welch Votes Against Anti-Carbon Tax Resolution

July 23, 2018

by Rob Roper

Congress voted on a resolution introduced by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) titled, “Expressing the sense of Congress that a Carbon Tax Would be detrimental to the United States Economy.”

The full text of the resolution reads:

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)

Whereas a carbon tax is a Federal tax on carbon released from fossil fuels;

             Whereas a carbon tax will increase energy prices, including the price of gasoline, electricity, natural gas, and home heating oil;

             Whereas a carbon tax will mean that families and consumers will pay more for essentials like food, gasoline, and electricity;

             Whereas a carbon tax will fall hardest on the poor, the elderly, and those on fixed incomes;

             Whereas a carbon tax will lead to more jobs and businesses moving overseas;

             Whereas a carbon tax will lead to less economic growth;

             Whereas American families will be harmed the most from a carbon tax;

             Whereas, according to the Energy Information Administration, in 2016, fossil fuels share of energy consumption was 81 percent;

             Whereas a carbon tax will increase the cost of every good manufactured in the United States;

             Whereas a carbon tax will impose disproportionate burdens on certain industries, jobs, States, and geographic regions and would further restrict the global competitiveness of the United States;

             Whereas American ingenuity has led to innovations in energy exploration and development and has increased production of domestic energy resources on private and State-owned land which has created significant job growth and private capital investment;

             Whereas United States energy policy should encourage continued private sector innovation and development and not increase the existing tax burden on manufacturers;

             Whereas the production of American energy resources increases the United States ability to maintain a competitive advantage in today’s global economy;

             Whereas a carbon tax would reduce America’s global competitiveness and would encourage development abroad in countries that do not impose this exorbitant tax burden; and

             Whereas the Congress and the President should focus on pro-growth solutions that encourage increased development of domestic resources: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to American families and businesses, and is not in the best interest of the United States.

The final vote  (229-180) was largely along party lines with all but one Republican supporting the resolution and all but seven Democrats opposing (17 were absent and two voted “present”. Vermont’s Peter Welch voted no, thus supporting the concept of a Carbon Tax.

– Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

SHAZZAM July 23, 2018 at 2:23 pm

As Mr. Welch continues to disgrace his state and country, conservatives are held hostage to his congressional ineptness.
TERM LIMIT POSTER BOY

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Robert July 23, 2018 at 2:31 pm

If there is one thing you can always be sure Peter Welch will be in favor of, it is raising taxes on Vermonters. He is the typical big-government-loving liberal who believes taxes will never be high enough until we are completely enslaved by the government, and people like him are handing out the the goods and services required to live on. He is proof that Vermonters do not think before they vote, vote on emotion father than facts, are easily duped, and are ignorant of the fact that every vote cast for big-government-loving liberals like Welch, Leahy and Sanders is a vote to put themselves in chains.

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William Hays July 28, 2018 at 4:18 pm

The “Three Stooges” rule! Scary!

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