Mike Lee on Taxes

Last Updated : Jul 22, 2010

Summary

Mike Lee is a strong proponent of reducing the size of government to the constitutionally mandated authority, and balancing the budget. He is opposed to the fact that over 40% of the US pays no income taxes while the remainder works a great deal of the year just to pay federal taxes.

Mike Lee has advocated for a one-rate tax that applies to either income or sales - preferably sales.

 

One-rate tax

At a campaign rally in Layton, Utah in May of 2010, Mike Lee spoke about the need to simplify the tax code and create a one-rate tax system which is preferably charged on consumption.

 

Balancing the budget

At the same campaign rally, Mike Lee spoke about the need for a balanced budget amendment. In an unrelated campaign video, Mike Lee also promised to support a balanced budget amendment.

 

The size of government

In an interview for the campaign, Mike Lee spoke about shrinking the size of government.

 

Independence Caucus Debate

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

 

Voting Record

Continue Bush Tax Cuts for all Except top Earners

On July 25, 2012 the Senate voted on legislation to extend all of the Bush tax cuts with the exception of those earning more than $200,000 or couples earning more than $250,000. The measure passed 51-48 along mostly party lines. It was largely symbolic as tax bills are not legal unless they originate in the House. Mike Lee voted against extending the Bush Tax Cuts for all except the highest earners.

Mike Lee voted against extending the Bush Tax Cuts for all except the highest earners.

Continue All Bush Tax Cuts

On July 25, 2012 the Senate voted on an amendment to legislation to extend all of the Bush tax cuts. The measure failed 45-54 along mostly party lines. It was largely symbolic as tax bills are not legal unless they originate in the House. Mike Lee voted in favor of extending all Bush Tax cuts.

Mike Lee voted in favor of extending all Bush Tax cuts.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

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