What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : HR 2143. Repealing the Estate Tax/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill to Repeal the Estate Tax Which Targets Wealthy Taxpayers and Comprises an Important Source of Government Revenue.
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HR 2143. Repealing the Estate Tax/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill to Repeal the Estate Tax Which Targets Wealthy Taxpayers and Comprises an Important Source of Government Revenue.
house Roll Call 216     Jun 06, 2002
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The $1.3 trillion package of tax cuts pushed through by President Bush in 2001 included temporary repeal of the estate tax. The estate tax affected only the largest two percent of inheritances; the repeal gradually shrank that number until the tax itself disappeared in 2010. But after 2010 the tax was scheduled to return to something close to its original form. Republicans wanted the tax eliminated permanently, and they proposed a bill that would do just that. Progressives opposed this bill: they noted that the tax affected only the richest Americans but provided a substantial portion of the money for the treasury. In the House, most bills come with a "rule": a separate resolution that establishes the rules for debate on the bill and that must be voted on first before the bill itself can be considered. Progressives opposed the rule that accompanied the estate tax repeal because they opposed the repeal itself. Though they were joined in this position by all but ten Democrats, no Republicans voted against the rule. It passed 227-195.

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