What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : HR 2143. Repealing the Estate Tax/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Repeal the Estate Tax Which Targets Wealthy Taxpayers and Comprises an Important Source of Government Revenue. (2002 house Roll Call 215)
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HR 2143. Repealing the Estate Tax/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Repeal the Estate Tax Which Targets Wealthy Taxpayers and Comprises an Important Source of Government Revenue.
house Roll Call 215     Jun 06, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Repeal of the estate tax was part of the Bush administration's $1.35 trillion tax cut of 2001. The tax had applied only to inheritances greater than $675,000- the wealthiest two percent of estates-but the 2001 changes increased this number gradually until the tax disappeared entirely in 2010. After that, the tax returned in full force. Republicans were determined to make the repeal permanent, and they proposed legislation to that effect in the House. Progressives disagreed with permanent or even temporary repeal of the estate tax, which they noted affects only the very wealthiest Americans but provides a substantial portion of the federal government's revenues. Most bills in the House come with a set of rules for debate that must be passed separately before debate on the bill itself can begin. Progressives opposed this "rule" for the estate tax because they opposed the bill itself. When Hastings (R-WA) moved to order the previous question-a way of cutting off debate and bringing the rule to a vote-Progressives voted "no" because they did not want the process to move forward at all. However, they were outvoted, and the motion passed 223-201.

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