LaMalfa and Scalise Introduce Bill to Decrease National Debt

Feb 20, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) issued the following statement after introducing H.R. 5067, the Donate Extra Money Against National Debt (DEMAND) Act. This bill will allow those who demand that everyone pay higher taxes to donate their extra income to the U.S. Treasury.

The DEMAND Act will add a section to the 1040 tax return form allowing filers to check a box if they wish to donate extra funds to the treasury. The section will say: By checking here, I signify that in addition to my tax liability, I would like to donate the included payment to be used exclusively for the purpose of paying down the national debt.

LaMalfa said: “This month, millions of Americans have already noticed more money than they expected in their pay checks and deposits due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. To most, this is a welcome relief from decades of unreasonably high taxes, but some say this is an unwanted burden. In an effort to simplify the process for those who claim they’d like to pay more in taxes and aren’t satisfied with the ‘crumbs’ offered by tax reform, this bill will allow individuals to voluntarily donate as much as they’d like to the U.S. Treasury. Under this legislation, hard-working American families who are finally able to keep more of the money they’ve earned won’t be punished just because a select few wish to keep taxes high. That select few can step forward, without forcing others who disagree, to pay more. I'm very pleased to work with House Majority Whip Scalise on this issue, and I especially appreciate his efforts to pass tax reform in the House. Now I believe we have the final piece to this puzzle that will allow those who so desperately want higher taxes to lead by example. All you have to do is check the handy box, fill in the additional amount, and send it in! Your neighbors will applaud you for helping to pay down our national debt.”

Majority Whip Steve Scalise said: “American families have already begun to see the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—greater take home pay, increased wages, bonuses, and better benefits. Even after all the positive success stories coming out about these tax cuts, some liberals continue to call for an increase in taxes and claim they would rather pay more in taxes themselves. Congressman LaMalfa and I today are introducing legislation that gives them the opportunity to put their money where their mouths are. In 2012, I introduced the Buffett Rule Act to address these tax hike advocates. If Warren Buffett and others like him truly feel they’re not paying enough in taxes, we're giving them the opportunity to put their money where their mouth is and voluntarily send more money to the government, rather than raising taxes on hard-working Americans who know they're already sending too much of their hard-earned money to Washington. I applaud Rep. LaMalfa for joining me in re-introducing this important legislation. For years, American families have asked for tax relief, and now we delivered real tax relief for them, and those tax cuts are already working to create more jobs, higher pay, and a stronger economy. Anyone who still feels they are not sending enough to the government should have the ability to do so voluntarily, without burdening the rest of us hard-working families across the country who want to keep more of our own money in our paychecks.”

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.