What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : S 1731. Farm Bill/Vote Expressing the Sense of the Senate that the Estate Tax, Which Targets Wealthy Taxpayers and Comprises an Important Source of Government Revenues, Should Be Repealed. (2002 senate Roll Call 28)
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S 1731. Farm Bill/Vote Expressing the Sense of the Senate that the Estate Tax, Which Targets Wealthy Taxpayers and Comprises an Important Source of Government Revenues, Should Be Repealed.
senate Roll Call 28     Feb 13, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

This vote was part of the debate on the farm bill, the reauthorization of the federal government's many agricultural programs. Kyl (R-AZ) proposed an amendment to the bill that would express a non-binding "sense of the Senate" that the estate tax should be permanently repealed. The tax had been repealed temporarily the previous year in Bush's $1.35 trillion tax cut. An estate must be worth more than $675,000 to qualify for the tax, a cut-off that excludes all but two percent of inheritances (but includes some family farms). As a result, repealing it would mostly benefit those at the very top of the income scale (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 2001). Progressives opposed repeal of the estate tax for precisely this reason, and so had no intention of endorsing the idea in any form. Nonetheless, the amendment passed, 56-42, on a mostly party-line vote.

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