What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : Tax Breaks for the Rich : A vote on final passage of Bush administration-backed legislation (HR 4275), which would make permanent certain soon-to-expire income tax breaks for middle and lower income earners. (2004 house Roll Call 170)
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A vote on final passage of Bush administration-backed legislation (HR 4275), which would make permanent certain soon-to-expire income tax breaks for middle and lower income earners.
house Roll Call 170     May 13, 2004
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

A large majority of House members, over the objections of progressives, voted in favor of this Bush administration-backed legislation, HR 4275, which would make permanent certain soon-to-expire income tax breaks for middle and lower income earners. Conservatives argued that if Congress fails to act to pass this legislation, Americans will see their taxes increase starting next year. But progressives attacked the plan on two fronts, stating that the measure, while helping many lower and middle class individuals, also benefits upper income earners. Moreover, they said, the measure comes with a $218 billion price tag, for which conservatives failed to specify how to pay. It is a continuation of what progressives labeled as irresponsible fiscal policy, especially at a time when the nation faces ballooning deficits with record low revenues coming in to the federal government, progressives argued. Progressives agreed that low- and middle-income Americans deserve this tax break. But, they added, Republicans are unwilling to pay for it in the form of revenue raisers such as tax increases elsewhere which means federal budget deficit will grow. The measure was approved 344-76.

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