Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, wants a constitutional amendment to require a two-thirds majority vote by both houses of Congress before federal taxes can be raised.
He joined a press conference Thursday with other House Republicans and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes to push the idea.Cannon said that while taxpayers want balanced budgets, unless a tax-limitation amendment also is passed, "a future Congress and president could easily revert to the simple solution of tax increases to reach a pretend balance."
He added, "We must act now to remove the easy temptation of future tax increases."
Cannon said, "Four of the last five major tax increases passed with less than a two-thirds majority. If we had a super-majority requirement for tax increases back then, we'd be paying less in taxes now."
For the proposed amendment to be added to the Constitution, it must pass both house of Congress by a two-thirds vote and then be ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures.
Cannon said 14 state governments now operate under super-majority requirements to raise taxes.