A bill proposing tax breaks for mustachioed citizens has finally found an ally in Congress, says the American Mustache Institute.
Maryland Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, a 19-year Republican congressman, has officially sent the "Stimulus To Allow Critical Hair Expenses," or "STACHE Act," on to the House Ways and Means Committee, where all tax legislation must be studied before it can be debated on the floor.
"There is a long road ahead for this important legislation," said AMI Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abraham Jonas Froman in a statement.
In order to support the bill, the AMI has planned a "Million Mustache March" in Washington, D.C. on April 1.
The bill is based off of a white paper from Dr. John Yuetter of Northeastern State University, who proposes that "It is appropriate that Congress allow a limited [number] of deductions to people of Mustached American heritage in recognition of the value that their lifestyle provides to the economy, to society, and to the environment."
According to the white paper, 74 percent of the U.S. population supports a tax break for people with mustaches. The only notable dissenting population is Goateed Americans, 69 percent of whom oppose the tax break based on charges of "facialism."
The STACHE Act follows Dr. Yuetter's recommendation by allowing a $250 yearly tax deduction for those with mustaches to account for "grooming supplies."
With Bartlett locked in a tight re-election campaign since his district was redrawn to include more Democratic voters, some of his opponents have begun attacking him over the STACHE Act.
Although Rep. Bartlett and his clean, white moustache would be able to take advantage of the new tax break, passing the bill along to a committee does not guarantee the congressman's support.
In a public statement, Bartlett's chief of staff said that while the legislator is "pro-stache," he does not think "Americans should pay for people's personal grooming decisions."