What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Tax Breaks for the Rich : HR 4019. Tax Cut for Married Couples/Vote to Insure that the Extension of Tax Breaks for Married Couples Does Not Reduce Funds for Social Security. (2002 house Roll Call 228)
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HR 4019. Tax Cut for Married Couples/Vote to Insure that the Extension of Tax Breaks for Married Couples Does Not Reduce Funds for Social Security.
house Roll Call 228     Jun 13, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Married couples had received certain tax breaks in Bush's 2001 tax cut: an increase in the standard deduction, a doubling of the portion of their income subject to the 15 percent tax rate, and an increase in the maximum income permissible under the earned income tax credit. These provisions would phase in by 2008 or 2009, but then cease by 2010-Republicans proposed extending them to 2012, at a cost of $41.9 billion. Progressives felt the government was in no fiscal position to provide more tax cuts, and that the marriage breaks Republicans proposed might threaten other programs like Social Security. To address this issue, they proposed an alternative: an extension of the tax breaks, but only if the Office of Management and Budget certified that none of the money necessary to fund the cuts would come from the Social Security trust fund. Progressives voted for this substitute proposal, but it was rejected, 198-213.

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