What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : A vote on a Democratic motion to send back to its committee of origin for redrafting the White House-backed "Marriage Penalty Relief Act" (H R 4181) to amend the Internal Revenue Code to permanently extend the increased standard tax deduction for married taxpayers filing joint returns. (2004 house Roll Call 137)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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A vote on a Democratic motion to send back to its committee of origin for redrafting the White House-backed "Marriage Penalty Relief Act" (H R 4181) to amend the Internal Revenue Code to permanently extend the increased standard tax deduction for married taxpayers filing joint returns.
house Roll Call 137     Apr 28, 2004
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The White House-backed H R 4181 is a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code to permanently extend the increased standard tax deduction for married taxpayers filing joint returns, but the measure lacks the budget accountability progressives said was needed. As such, Democrats made a motion to recommit - send back to committee - HR 4181, with instructions for the drafting committee to amend the bill with a provision to ensure the tax cuts are paid for either through revenue increases or tax increases elsewhere. This type of language, dubbed pay-as-you-go (PAYGO), was included in the Democratic instructions to the committee, directing House budgeters to designate corresponding revenue raisers to offset the tax revenue lost by the marriage penalty repeal. The debate is not about whether Congress should end the marriage tax penalty, said progressives. Rather, they said, the debate is whether Congress should do so with borrowed money, adding more debt on top of a $7.1 trillion national debt -- or paying "as we go", progressives said. The Democratic motion to recommit failed 199-220, with conservatives arguing that it would be unfair to single out this particular tax reform to have to meet the PAYGO test. Failure to attach the PAYGO provisions sought by progressives means the tax cuts advocated in HR 4181 would not need to be paid for by raising additional revenue from elsewhere in the federal budget.

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