Two More Cosponsors Bring Total to 43
On May 24, Representatives Chaka Fattah (PA-02) and Paul Kanjorski (PA-11) added their names to the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill, H.R. 2631. This bill now has support from 43 members of Congress, including lead sponsor Rep. John Lewis (GA-05). NCPTF encourages residents in Fattah's and Kanjorski's districts to thank them for their endorsement of this legislation.
This is Fattah’s fifth time cosponsoring the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill. He is serving his sixth term in Congress and represents Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Kanjorski was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1984, and this is his first time as a sponsor for the Peace Tax Fund Bill. He represents five counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill only needs two more cosponsors to add their names within the next year to garner the most cosponsors it has had since 1990. Rep. Ron Dellums first introduced this bill in 1972 as the World Peace Tax Fund Bill. It has been re-introduced each year since then, with several name and wording changes over the years. If enacted, H.R. 2631 would allow conscientious objectors to pay their federal taxes into a fund for non-military use only.