What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Tax Breaks for the Rich : HR 586. Making Tax Cuts Permanent/Vote to Make Permanent Tax Cuts Enacted in 2001 Which Heavily Favor Wealthy Individuals. (2002 house Roll Call 103)
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HR 586. Making Tax Cuts Permanent/Vote to Make Permanent Tax Cuts Enacted in 2001 Which Heavily Favor Wealthy Individuals.
house Roll Call 103     Apr 18, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The $1.35 trillion tax cut Republicans pushed through Congress in 2001 was set to expire in 2010. Republicans proposed making the tax cuts permanent by eliminating this "sunset" provision. They accompanied this change with a series of adjustments to the IRS procedures for penalties, interest, and tax collection that were meant to ease the requirements on taxpayers. The Republican's proposal was also attached to a bill that would accelerate an increase in the tax credit for adoption. But the focus was on making the tax cuts permanent: the underlying adoption provision was merely a procedural vehicle to allow the tax cuts to be adopted without permitting much in the way of debate from Democrats. Progressives opposed the tax cuts because they felt they were heavily slanted toward the rich and should not be made permanent. The voted "no" on the motion to remove the sunset provision, but the motion was agreed to 229-198.

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