From: The Honorable Peter A. DeFazio
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Date: 3/28/2017

Cosponsor the Putting Main Street FIRST Act

Endorsed by Public Citizen, Americans for Financial Reform,

Center for Economic and Policy Research, Institute for Policy Studies

114th cosponsorsBlumenauer, Cartwright, Conyers, Grijalva, Lofgren, Lowenthal, McDermott, McGovern, Napolitano, Norton, Schakowsky, Slaughter

Dear Colleague:

Much of the excessive risk and volatility on Wall Street is caused by high-volume, short-term speculative trading.  Speculators using complex algorithms flood the markets with trillions of trades, holding assets for milliseconds, impeding the flow of capital
needed for growing businesses.

The Putting Main Street FIRST (Finish Irresponsible Reckless Speculative Trading) Act would place a miniscule .03 percent tax on all transactions of stocks, bonds and derivatives, meaning a $10,000 trade would be taxed $3. According to the Joint Committee
on Taxation, the bill is estimated to raise $417 billion over ten years.

Implementing a Wall Street tax would discourage high volume, rapid-fire speculative trading that causes instability in the market, a primary cause of the flash crash of 2010.

The Putting Main Street FIRST Act protects average Americans. Those with tax-favored accounts, such as college savings 529 plans, IRAs, and health savings accounts will receive a tax credit for the amount of any taxes paid.  For retail investors, a fee of
a fraction of a percent would make little difference to a person holding stocks as a long term investment.

Additionally, the Putting Main Street FIRST Act will not encourage trading to move overseas. The United Kingdom has had a transaction tax for centuries and has the highest volume exchange in Europe.  In addition, if someone trades overseas, the broker making
the trade is still responsible for paying the tax.

It’s time to stop speculative trading, time to level the playing field, and it’s time to put Main Street FIRST.  To cosponsor, please contact Rina Wulfing at or 5-0541.


Peter A. DeFazio

Member of Congress