What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : HR 8. Estate Tax/Vote to Benefit Wealthy Taxpayers and Significantly Reduce Government Revenues By Permanently Repealing the Estate Tax. (2002 senate Roll Call 151)
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HR 8. Estate Tax/Vote to Benefit Wealthy Taxpayers and Significantly Reduce Government Revenues By Permanently Repealing the Estate Tax.
senate Roll Call 151     Jun 12, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

The estate tax was temporarily repealed as part of the Bush administration's $1.35 trillion tax cut in 2001. The tax applied only to inheritances greater than $675,000, so it affected only the wealthiest two percent of estates. Under the 2001 tax cut, this number was set to increase gradually until the tax disappeared entirely in 2010. Its fate was less certain after that, and many Republicans were determined to eliminate the tax entirely. This amendment would have enacted that permanent repeal. However, it also changed total revenue levels beyond those called for the earlier Budget Resolution. According to the rules of the Senate, this permitted a point of order that could only be dispensed with by a 60-vote majority. Gramm (R-TX) had used these points of order to kill Democratic attempts to weaken the estate tax rather than eliminate it, but now he was the victim of this same tactic. Conrad (D-ND) raised a point of order, and Gramm's motion to waive it fell six votes short of the 60 needed, 54-44. This ended efforts at repeal for the time being.

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