Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), who declared in a hearing that Planned Parenthood is “in his DNA,” says he’s glad to see his 1988 proposal to eliminate sales tax on feminine hygiene items is finally gaining traction.
I introduced bill in TN State Senate in 1988 to eliminate the #tampontax. After 27 years, I'm glad to see issue is finally gaining traction.
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) February 1, 2016
He can very likely credit this new attention to the #TamponTax to a series of interviews President Obama held with YouTube stars in the week following his State of the Union address. Ingrid Nilsen was the YouTube personality who asked the president, “Why do these items continue to be taxed?”
“We're being taxed for being women.”
— AJ+ (@ajplus) January 24, 2016
In 40 states, tampons, pads, & other menstrual products are taxed as luxury items. Sign to END the tampon tax: https://t.co/QpGDOekpjx
— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) January 27, 2016
— Ebsya (@Disruptia) February 1, 2016
— Brittany (@uneek1908) February 1, 2016
— Edafe Onerhime (@ekoner) February 1, 2016
— Catapult (@WeCatapult) February 1, 2016
— Tasmin Lockwood (@hiaataziee) February 1, 2016
Why hasn’t this come up during the debates yet?