U.S. Rep. Steve King started his work in the 113th Congress Friday by moving to eliminate the federal income tax and trying to place restrictions on automatic citizenship for babies born in this country.
The Republican from Kiron introduced three bills and voted to support aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy, although he said he wished there were some budget cuts to offset the money approved for storm relief.
One of the bills King introduced would start the process of repealing the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gives the government the power to levy an income tax. That amendment has been in place since 1913.
''The Founding Fathers envisioned a robust market based economy and our current tax policies do not encourage that system,'' he said in a written statement. ''Replacing the current income tax with a consumption tax will ensure that productivity is not punished in our country, but rewarded.''
The congressman also introduced what he calls the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2013.
''The current practice of extending U.S. citizenship to hundreds of thousands of anchor babies must end because it creates a magnet for illegal immigration into our country,'' King said.
The third bill he introduced Friday would repeal the health care reform he calls ObamaCare. During last year's election campaign, King listed the repeal of ObamaCare as his top priority.
King was among the representatives who voted for the aid to storm victims. The storm assistance bill allows the National Flood Insurance Program to borrow $9.7 billion to cover claims related to the catastrophic storm that struck the East Coast last fall.
''Because Congress has created its own monopoly over flood insurance and mismanaged the risk/premium ratios, we have no ground to stand on to deny legitimate insurance claims to the victims of Sandy,'' he said. ''I would have liked to have seen offsets, and I will continue to fight for offsets in any future disaster relief bills.''