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Democrat O'Rourke proposes 'war tax' on affluent U.S. families without military members


FILE PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke delivers a speech during the SC Democratic Convention in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S., June 22, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo



Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on Monday proposed taxing affluent American families who do not have members in the U.S. military as a way to fund healthcare for veterans.


The former congressman from Texas unveiled a plan for military veterans that includes a “war tax,” in which taxpayers who earn over $200,000 a year would pay $1,000 in a new tax for each war embarked on by the United States.


O’Rourke, who did not serve in the military but sat on the House of Representatives Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs committees, said the tax would be levied on households without current members of the U.S. military or military veterans. He did not specify what types of war, or the scale and origins of the wars, on which the tax would be levied.


The money raised from the war tax would be deposited into a newly created Veterans Health Care Trust Fund, which would be created at the start of each new war and be used to support veterans’ healthcare, disability and other medical needs when they return from conflict, O’Rourke said.


The proposal was part of a broader plan by O’Rourke, who has



Reuters

24th June 2019

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