Beto O’Rourke is proposing that Congress enacts a “war tax” any time the country goes to war, to help benefit veterans when they come home. This proposal is one part of O’Rourke’s plan to expand services for military veterans.
If elected, the Democratic candidate and former Texas congressman wants Congress to enact a law that collects a “war tax” at the outset of a war and places the funds into a trust fund for veterans’ health care.
The tax would be collected from households without military members or veterans, and the amount collected depends on income. For instance, taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes below $30,000 would pay $25, while taxpayers who make more than $200,000 a year would pay $1,000.
O’Rourke’s plan also calls for the country to end the “endless war” in Afghanistan and Iraq, and O’Rourke says that redirecting money from those conflicts could save $400 billion, and he would urge Congress to invest some of that in veterans.
Beto O’Rourke is expected to highlight his newly unveiled plan at a veterans’ roundtable Monday evening in Tampa, Florida.