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Grayson files 'War is Making You Poor' bill

Rep. Alan Grayson, Florida's most colorful member of Congress, files a lot of bills with eye-catching names. They have no chance of passing but the idea is to provoke thought. Today he announced the “War Is Making You Poor Act."

According to his office it:

  • Limits the amount of funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Eliminates the federal income tax on the first $35,000 of every American’s income ($70,000 for married couples)
  • Cuts the Federal deficit by $15.9 billion
The bill requires the president to fund the wars from the $559 billion budget for defense spending in FY 2011.  “There is no longer any need to go beyond the exorbitant base defense budget," Grayson said. "It is not necessary. Enough is enough."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:38am]


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