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CONGRESS TO HOLD HEARING ON PEACE TAX FUND BILL; SUPPORTERS URGED TO ACT NOW

 CONGRESS TO HOLD HEARING ON PEACE TAX FUND BILL;
 SUPPORTERS URGED TO ACT NOW
 SAN DIEGO, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund:
 The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures plans to hold a hearing on H.R. 1870, the U.S. Peace Tax Fund Bill, sometime in May or June of this year. The hearing will be the first since the bill was introduced in 1972. "This is a landmark," Marian Franz, executive director of the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund, said today. "It is a concrete step toward enacting the bill into law. The hearing is the result of the dedication, work and sacrifice over the years of many who oppose, as a matter of conscience, having their federal taxes spent for military purposes."
 The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to permit persons qualifying as conscientious objectors to have part of their federal taxes equal to the military portion of the federal budget paid into a government trust fund for peace-related projects. "Taxes will be fully paid, not lost or avoided," stressed Franz. The military portion of the taxes of conscientious objectors will go into a special fund called The U.S. Peace Tax Fund -- a flexible fund devoted to disarmament efforts, retraining of workers displaced by conversion from military production and other peace-related projects so relevant to the swiftly moving events of this era.
 The Peace Tax Fund Bill gives voice to the dictates of conscience. As Pope John XXIII said at Vatican II, "In the depths of our conscience, we detect a law which we do not impose upon ourselves, but which holds us to obedience. The voice of conscience can when necessary speak to the heart more specifically: do this, shun that." The conscientious objector's right not to be forced into physical combat has long been recognized in this country. However, no such recognition exists for conscientious objectors to the use of their taxes for military force. As has been seen recently, modern war increasingly relies on expensive technology and paid volunteers, not masses of conscripts.
 "Financial conscription is fast replacing human conscription," Franz observed, "but the U.S. Peace Tax Fund Bill provides a modern legal alternative to this kind of participation in war for those with deeply held religious, moral or ethical beliefs against it. The bill is a legal solution to the conscientious objector's dilemma as a taxpayer -- a solution worthy of support by champions of the rights of conscience. It's an idea whose time has come."
 Rep. Andrew Jacobs, D-Ind., of the House Ways and Means Committee has been personally moved by professional people who choose to "earn down" so as not to pay for what conscience forbids. He called the U.S. Peace Tax Fund Bill the "best of both worlds," the taxpayer is allowed freedom of conscience, the government can collect more revenue. "It seems to me this is a sensible way to take care of a traditional problem."
 The National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund (NCPTF) urges concerned citizens to contact their members of Congress and take advantage of the opportunity to shape this legislation. Advocates are asked to write NCPTF for suggestions on effective actions on behalf of the bill.
 Franz said, "We hope to fill the hearing room with supporters to show that this is not an issue of marginal significance." Those wishing to lobby Congress for the Peace Tax Bill while in Washington can take part in a training seminar. "The hearing provides an excellent opportunity to make a witness for conscience," Franz emphasized.
 Address inquiries to the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund, 2121 Decatur Place, NW, Washington, DC, 20008; telephone: 202-483-3751.
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 /NOTE: The congressional committee will announce the precise date approximately three weeks in advance. Those wishing to be informed of the date as soon as NCPTF knows it should contact NCPTF./
 /CONTACT: Jeff Meyers of National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund, 619-584-8241/ CO: National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund ST: California IN: SU: LEG


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