Tuesday, February 28, 2012

CD6 OMG: Rep. Roscoe Bartlett Will Introduce STACHE Act // U.S. House Ways & Means Will Study $250 Mustache Tax Credit

UPDATE: The Washington Post has follow-up coverage on the STACHE Act and notes that Rep. Bartlett's staff assisted with the effort without his knowledge. The National Review seems to be a bit wound up about this -- come on, have you lost your sense of humor???

Screencap from a new video about the project.

A week ago, Maryland Juice reported that mustached Americans were lobbying Congress for a $250 tax credit to offset annual mustache-grooming expenses. They looked to Maryland's 6th Congressional District incumbent Rep. Roscoe Bartlett to sponsor the legislation -- which they call the STACHE Act.

Today, Rep. Bartlett's office announces that he will introduce the legislation in the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee. U.S. News reports:
The American Mustache Institute claims to have found an ally in Maryland Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. The 19-year congressman rocks a white stache of his own and has agreed to send down the legislative pipeline the so-called "Stache Act"—a law that would give folks with mustaches up to a $250 tax credit every year.

"He sent it over to Ways and Means [committee] without any recommendation of any kind at all," clarifies Bartlett spokeswoman Lisa Wright....

Whisker proponents say Bartlett has promised to pass the "Stache Act" to the House Ways and Means Committee for study, a first step required for any tax legislation.

"There is a long road ahead for this important legislation," said AMI Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abraham Jonas Froman in a statement on the group's website. "We thank Representative Bartlett for stepping forward in the fight for fiscal parity for people of facial hair—both women and men...."

The "Stache Act" is based off of a white paper by Dr. John Yeutter, an Associate Professor of Accounting and Tax Policy at Northeastern State University, which states that the "social and environmental benefits to mustache growth and maintenance contribute to the growth of the economy...."

The group is planning a "Million Mustache March" in Washington on April 1 where they hope to garner more attention for their legislation.

 What do ya'll make of this?

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