What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Insuring Government Has Adequate Financing to Function : An amendment to H.R. 2 (minimum wage increase) by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) that would extend by 9 months certain tax breaks for investments made by small businesses/Motion to table (2007 senate Roll Call 32)
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An amendment to H.R. 2 (minimum wage increase) by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) that would extend by 9 months certain tax breaks for investments made by small businesses/Motion to table
senate Roll Call 32     Jan 25, 2007
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

In this vote the Senate moved to table (set aside) an amendment by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) that would have extended by nine months certain tax breaks to restaurant and retail businesses. Kyl offered the amendment as a way to help small businesses financially cope with the proposed increase in the minimum wage, the bill to which the amendment was to be attached. The tax breaks - for certain renovations and construction of owner-occupied retail outlets and restaurants - are set to expire in March 2008. Kyl's amendment would have extended them through December of next year. "Most of the jobs are small business jobs that would be affected by the minimum wage. In fact, about 60 percent of those jobs are in the restaurant industry," Kyl said during floor debate. Kyl claimed that the provision would also provide parity in the tax code, allowing similar business to claim similar tax breaks. For example, the tax code treats fast-food restaurants differently from convenience stores when it comes to depreciating costs of renovations. Kyl further pointed out that the provisions were unanimously approved by the Finance Committee, and his amendment would simply extend them through the year to allow meaningful relief for small businesses. Democrats were reluctant, however, to add any more tax breaks to the minimum wage bill, as such amendments would have increased the bill's cost to the taxpayers. On a strictly party-line vote, 50 Senators, all of whom caucus with the Democrats, voted to table the amendment and 42 Republican Senators voted against tabling it. The motion to table was thus successful, and the bill to increase the minimum wage went forward without further tax breaks for small businesses.

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