What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : A vote on passage of a Democratic substitute bill to a White House supported measure (HR 4275) which would make permanent certain income tax cuts on middle and lower-income individuals. (2004 house Roll Call 169)
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A vote on passage of a Democratic substitute bill to a White House supported measure (HR 4275) which would make permanent certain income tax cuts on middle and lower-income individuals.
house Roll Call 169     May 13, 2004
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Conservatives succeeded in defeating this progressive-backed Democratic substitute bill to a White House supported measure (HR 4275) which would make permanent certain income tax cuts on middle and lower-income individuals. While agreeing that the lower and middle class individuals who would be helped by that adjustment deserved such relief, progressives took issue with conservatives' failure to match the tax breaks with corresponding spending offsets in the budget - especially given that HR 4275 would benefit some upper income individuals as well, they said. The substitute legislation, offered by Rep. Tanner (D-Tenn.) also would permanently extend the same income tax breaks addressed under HR 4275, but would do so in what progressives labeled a "responsible manner" - by taxing households making over $1 million an additional 1.9 percent. In so doing, they argued, the Tanner substitute provides "a reasonable offset" to benefit more American families without burdening their children with added debt that they will have to pay off. Conservatives objected on the grounds that the Tanner substitute would try to pay for their substitute with a "tax increase" to which conservatives are opposed on principle. Opponents of Tanner's substitute also sought to poke holes in progressives' claim that Tanner's bill would pay for itself by levying a tax increase on rich people. Rather, conservatives said, half of those filers in the tax bracket addressed under HR 4275 are small businesses, which conservatives called the engine of economic growth in America. Tanner's substitute failed 190-227, meaning the underlying bill fails to provide a payment mechanism to offset making these particular income tax benefits permanent, therefore the wealthy were spared any additional taxation in order to fund tax breaks for less fortunate individuals.

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