Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulAfghan evacuees to be housed at Virginia base Passport backlog threatens to upend travel plans for millions of Americans US lawmakers express shock at Haitian president's assassination MORE (R-Texas) has introduced legislation to eliminate a tax on small "choose and cut" Christmas tree producers.

The Obama administration first created a tax on Christmas tree producers in 2010 for a national marketing program, but it was later suspended after public outcry. The tax, which imposes a 15-cent assessment on all trees sold in the U.S., came to fruition this year as part of the farm bill. 


McCaul's bill, introduced two weeks before Christmas, would exclude small producers that allow people to choose and cut their own trees from the tax.

"Small producers, like Marc Nash of the Elgin CHRISTmas Tree Farm in my district, shouldn’t be forced to tax their customers to pay for big agribusiness producers to market their products," McCaul said.

The Texas Republican thinks the tax should be repealed entirely, but at the very least, should be more limited in scope.

"While I support a full repeal of this misguided tax, I hope Congress can at least agree to exempt small choose and cut producers who sell directly to the final consumer," McCaul said.

The marketing program implemented by the Department of Agriculture funded by the tax is similar to the "Got Milk?" campaign, but for Christmas trees.