What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : HR 4019. Tax Cut for Married Couples/Final Passage of Bill to Extend Tax Breaks During a Period of Financial Uncertainty. (2002 house Roll Call 229)
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HR 4019. Tax Cut for Married Couples/Final Passage of Bill to Extend Tax Breaks During a Period of Financial Uncertainty.
house Roll Call 229     Jun 13, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Under Bush's $1.3 trillion tax cut from 2001, married couples had received certain tax breaks. These breaks included an increase in their standard deduction, a doubling of the portion of their income subject to the 15 percent rate, and an increase in the maximum income allowed in order to qualify for the earned income tax credit. The breaks were phased in over time, but ended after 2010. Republicans sought to extend them past this end date. Progressives felt this would only jeopardize the solvency of other government programs at a time when the war on terrorism and the state of the economy had already created an uncertain fiscal situation. This vote was for final passage of the tax break extensions. With Progressives voting "no," the measure passed, 271-142.

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