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Bobby Jindal on Tax Reform
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Bobby Jindal on other issues.
  • Overhaul our tax code and eliminate income taxes. (Apr 2013)
  • Simplify our complicated tax code by blowing it up. (Mar 2013)
  • The more you pay in taxes the less you are free. (Nov 2010)
  • Create jobs by lowering tax rates for families & business. (Feb 2009)
  • Federal tax rebate should be exempted from state income tax. (Mar 2008)
  • Eliminate the permanent tax on business utilities. (Mar 2008)
  • Speed up the elimination of the tax on capital debt. (Mar 2008)
  • Use vehicle taxes & license fees for transportation expenses. (Mar 2008)
  • Make the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts permanent. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)

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Bill Cassidy on Tax Reform
Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bill Cassidy on other issues.
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Mary Landrieu on Tax Reform
Democratic Sr Senator (LA): Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Mary Landrieu on other issues.
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 21% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 60% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
David Vitter on Tax Reform
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (LA-1): Click here for 26 full quotes OR click here for David Vitter on other issues.
  • Permanent extension of all Bush tax cuts. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 62% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Keep reduction of capital gains tax. (Mar 2009)

House:


Rodney Alexander on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (LA-5): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Rodney Alexander on other issues.
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Rated 25% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Repeal the Death Tax. (Jan 2009)
  • Replace income tax & employment tax with FairTax. (Jan 2009)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Replace income tax & estate tax with 23% sales tax. (Jan 2011)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Charles Boustany on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (LA-7): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Charles Boustany on other issues.
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Repeal the Death Tax. (Jan 2009)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Member of House Ways and Means Committee. (Mar 2011)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Bill Cassidy on Tax Reform
Republican (District 6): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bill Cassidy on other issues.
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
John Fleming on Tax Reform
Republican (District 4): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for John Fleming on other issues.
  • No new taxes; support the Fair Tax. (Dec 2008)
  • Repeal the Death Tax. (Jan 2009)
  • Replace income tax & employment tax with FairTax. (Jan 2009)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Replace income tax & estate tax with 23% sales tax. (Jan 2011)
  • Permanently repeal the estate tax. (Jan 2011)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Jeff Landry on Tax Reform
Republican (District 3): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jeff Landry on other issues.
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
Vance McAllister on Tax Reform
Republican (District 5): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Vance McAllister on other issues.
  • Government is too big, taxes are too high. (Nov 2013)
Cedric Richmond on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Cedric Richmond on other issues.
  • No tax-cut windfall for the richest 1%. (Nov 2010)
Steve Scalise on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (LA-1): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Steve Scalise on other issues.
  • Never voted for a tax increase and never will. (May 2008)
  • Signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (May 2008)
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • No European-style VAT (value-added tax). (May 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Kathleen Blanco on Tax Reform
Democratic LA Governor: Click here for Kathleen Blanco on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mike Foster on Tax Reform
Former Republican Governor (1996-2003): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mike Foster on other issues.
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
Richard Hugh Baker on Tax Reform
Republican (Resigned 2008) (District 6): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Richard Hugh Baker on other issues.
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Abolish IRS--replace income tax with national sales tax. (Jul 2003)
  • Rated 65% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
John Breaux on Tax Reform
Former Democratic incumbent; retired 2004: Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for John Breaux on other issues.
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 36% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
John Cooksey on Tax Reform
2004 former Republican Nominee: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for John Cooksey on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Reduce the capital gains tax . (Jan 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
Chris John on Tax Reform
Democrat (Until 2004) (District 7): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Chris John on other issues.
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 32% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Chris John on Tax Reform
2004 former Democratic challenger; US Representative: Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Chris John on other issues.
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • 50-25-25 budget formula for debt-tax cuts-spending. (Feb 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 32% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Bennett Johnston on Tax Reform
Democratic Senator (Former): Click here for Bennett Johnston on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bob Livingston on Tax Reform
Republican Former (1994-) (District 1): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bob Livingston on other issues.
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Billy Tauzin on Tax Reform
Republican (Until 2004) (District 3): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Billy Tauzin on other issues.
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 61% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Billy Tauzin III on Tax Reform
Former GOP Challenger (2004) (District 3): Click here for Billy Tauzin III on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Joseph Cao on Tax Reform
Republican (until 2010) (District 2): Click here for Joseph Cao on other issues.
    No stance on record.
John Cooksey on Tax Reform
Republican (District 5): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for John Cooksey on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Reduce the capital gains tax . (Jan 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
Bobby Jindal on Tax Reform
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Bobby Jindal on other issues.
  • Overhaul our tax code and eliminate income taxes. (Apr 2013)
  • Simplify our complicated tax code by blowing it up. (Mar 2013)
  • The more you pay in taxes the less you are free. (Nov 2010)
  • Create jobs by lowering tax rates for families & business. (Feb 2009)
  • Federal tax rebate should be exempted from state income tax. (Mar 2008)
  • Eliminate the permanent tax on business utilities. (Mar 2008)
  • Speed up the elimination of the tax on capital debt. (Mar 2008)
  • Use vehicle taxes & license fees for transportation expenses. (Mar 2008)
  • Make the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts permanent. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
John Neely Kennedy on Tax Reform
Democratic Senate Challenger (LA): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for John Neely Kennedy on other issues.
  • Cut taxes & stop deficit-spending, to fight economic crisis. (Oct 2008)
  • Exempt first $10,000 in tips from income tax. (Oct 2004)
Jim McCrery on Tax Reform
Republican Representative (LA-4): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Jim McCrery on other issues.
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 62% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
Charles Melancon on Tax Reform
Democrat: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Charles Melancon on other issues.
  • Tax increase on wealthiest taxpayers but not middle-class. (Oct 2010)
  • Immediate tax relief for middle-class families. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports more federal taxes & keeping marriage penalty. (Aug 2010)
Charles Melancon on Tax Reform
Democrat: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Charles Melancon on other issues.
  • Tax increase on wealthiest taxpayers but not middle-class. (Oct 2010)
  • Immediate tax relief for middle-class families. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Supports more federal taxes & keeping marriage penalty. (Aug 2010)
David Vitter on Tax Reform
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (LA-1): Click here for 26 full quotes OR click here for David Vitter on other issues.
  • Permanent extension of all Bush tax cuts. (Oct 2010)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 62% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Keep reduction of capital gains tax. (Mar 2009)
Paul Carmouche on Tax Reform
Democrat (District 4): Click here for Paul Carmouche on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Don Cazayoux on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (LA-6): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Don Cazayoux on other issues.
  • Tax cuts for working families, not millionaires. (May 2008)
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
William Jefferson on Tax Reform
Democratic Representative (LA-2): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for William Jefferson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Rated 25% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 67% by CTJ, indicating a mixed record on progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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