NH Americans for Prosperity praises US Senate Candidate Jim Bender on Pledge to Oppose Climate Tax

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Hollis, NH- Today the New Hampshire chapter of Americans for Prosperity released the following statement acknowledging US Senate candidate Jim Bender for pledging to oppose any legislation that relates to climate change that would result in a net increase in government revenue. 

Read the full release below.



Contact: Corey Lewandowski (202) 550-7839 or James Valvo (703) 224-3200

Americans for Prosperity Applauds U.S. Senate Candidate Jim Bender

-Signs No Climate Tax Pledge-

The New Hampshire chapter of the free market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity (AFP-NH) today applauded U.S. Senate candidate Jim Bender for signing the group’s “No Climate Tax Pledge.”  Bender joins more than 525 bipartisan lawmakers and candidates on the federal, state and local levels pledging to “oppose legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.”   

“The one thing elected officials should be able to agree on is that global warming shouldn’t be used as an excuse to hike taxes on citizens and businesses,” said AFP-NH State Director Corey Lewandowski.  “We encourage all of New Hampshire’s elected officials and candidates for elected office to sign the pledge.”

New Hampshire signers include U.S. Senate candidates Kelly Ayotte and Ovide Lamontagne; U.S. House candidate Jennifer Horn; State Senator Sheila Roberge; and State Representatives John Reagan, David Bates, Mary Griffin, Charles McMahon and Carol Vita.   

Cap-and-trade took its first step toward enactment last year when the U.S. House narrowly passed the Waxman-Markey energy tax bill, which escaped the lower chamber by a scant seven votes despite significant bipartisan opposition.  The U.S. Senate has struggled to pass companion legislation, with several key Democratic senators openly expressing opposition to attempting to pass the energy tax bill. 

President Obama has made no secret of his support for the bill, which would be the largest tax increase in American history.  The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has scored the House plan as an $846 billion increase in federal revenue, a burden that will be borne by taxpayers and consumers for decades to come.

“Using the guise of climate change to transfer dollars from hard-working citizens to bureaucratic big government is unacceptable,” said Lewandowski. “Regardless of their stance on global warming, this should be common ground for all of our elected officials at all levels of government.”

The pledge is available online at www.NoClimateTax.com.  AFP does not endorse candidates.  All elected officials and candidates are encouraged to sign the pledge and go on the record in opposition to using the climate change issue to increase taxes and grow the size of government.