H.R. 1686, The Trash Reduction Act of 2013 (8 comments ↓)

H.R. 1686 would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a retail tax on disposable carryout bags.

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A. Diepenbrock

April 25, 2013, 10:19pm (report abuse)

What authority does Congress have for levying such a tax? None. Bags subject to the tax are obtained and used locally, not across state lines, so the Federal Gov. has no authority to tax.

Thomas Graham

April 25, 2013, 10:27pm (report abuse)

The earth is 4.54 billion years old. That's billion with a "b." It has gone through three "eons." If anyone thinks that we humans can alter earth's course, they are sadly and greatly mistaken. When she's done with us, mother earth will let us know. She will tell us in no uncertain terms that we're done with the ride she has given us.

Barbara Haring

April 25, 2013, 10:37pm (report abuse)

This Bill confounds me. You want to use the money to fund projects but the simple imposition of a tax will achieve your other goal of reducing plastic bag use. Hence you will also be reducing your available funds. Do you people ever think things through? Get off the crazy agenda-driven legislation and do something practical, like urge people to recycle the bags. That's what I do and it's painless - and cheap.

Granny Jane

April 25, 2013, 11:47pm (report abuse)

I used cloth diapers when raising my children and now use the plastic bags I get from merchants for my garbage. So why should I have to pay a tax on plastic bags? Better to charge 5 cent tax on every disposable diaper.

Dee p

April 26, 2013, 12:12am (report abuse)

Thinking up new taxes for any such reason is not what we need at this time. Don't you think we should start cutting the over spending in congress and keep the citizens in mind when taxing and spending our money.


April 27, 2013, 3:25pm (report abuse)

I agree with Granny, Stop taxing and robbing us and stop spending! Don't you have anything better to do. We the People demand that you stop stealing from us and give back some of your money to the Government since you don't earn it.


April 29, 2013, 1:03pm (report abuse)

Rep. Moran is a Virginia congressman. Virginia is home to Trex a composit lumber manufacturer that recycles 300 million pounds of plastic bags and wraps annually. Hilex Poly is located in Richmond and Hilex recycles 40 million pounds of used plastic bags and wraps annually to manufacturer new plastic bags out of old ones. How many Virginia jobs does Rep. Moran wish to export to China where the "reusable" bags are made? Clearly, the Representative has not done any research. Oh - and a floating island of trash 10 times the size of Virginia. Please show me a picture - can't seem to find any evidence what so ever.

William P.

June 1, 2013, 12:12am (report abuse)

So, every comment I just read sounded like it came from a bunch of ignorant and wasteful group of Americans. You do realize that other countries CHARGE for how much trash you generate and then FINE you if you don't recycle? The US needs a similar model and this bill helps with that goal. Stop being selfish and pay for your own trash, or like the bill encourages, don't create trash in the first place by bringing your own shopping bags! Wow, what a concept?!

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