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Senate Leader, in Surprise Move, Opens Debate on Estate Tax Repeal
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Senate Leader, in Surprise Move, Opens Debate on Estate Tax Repeal

BY Carl Hulse

The majority leader Tom Daschle abruptly opened Senate debate today on a Republican plan to repeal the estate tax permanently, complicating lobbying efforts by those on both sides of the issue. With just a few hours notice, the Democratic leadership initiated debate on a proposal to rescind the tax as of 2010. Under tax cuts adopted last year, the value of assets exempted from the tax would be gradually increased until 2010, and then the tax would be eliminated for one year before it returned to 2001 levels.

06/12/2002
Senate Votes on Repeal on the Death Tax
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Senate Votes on Repeal on the Death Tax

Here is a list of how individual Senators voted in the 54-44 roll call by which the Senate rejected permanent repeal of the estate tax. A 60-vote majority was required for passage. On this vote, a "yes" vote was a vote in favor of permanent repeal and a "no" vote was a vote against it. Voting "yes" were 9 Democrats and 45 Republicans. Voting "no" were 41 Democrats, 2 Republicans and 1 independent. Democrats Yes Baucus, Mont.; Bayh, Ind.; Cleland, Ga.; Landrieu, La.; Lincoln, Ark.; Miller, Ga.; Nelson, Fla.; Nelson, Neb.; Wyden, Ore.

06/12/2002
Tom, Can You Give Us a Date?
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Tom, Can You Give Us a Date?

The job of Senate Majority Leader is never easy. Tom Daschle has it as tough as anyone ever has in that position. His party, the Democrats, control the Senate with only a one-vote margin. He faces a popular Republican president and the House of Representatives remains in Republican control. The position of Majority leader has little institutional power, and Senate rules give individual senators great independence from party leaders.

06/04/2002
Death Tax: It's about values
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Death Tax: It's about values

BY Paul Beckner

Have you ever heard an actual economic argument made for keeping the Death Tax? No one claims that by diverting resources from productive investments into tax shelters the Death Tax spurs economic growth and job creation. No one claims that forcing a family to sell a farm or a business to pay off the Death Tax helps create wealth.

05/30/2002
Do They Mean What They Say?
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Do They Mean What They Say?

Sometime before the July 4 congressional recess, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) will allow a vote on the full and permanent repeal of the Death Tax. Senator Daschle does not support permanent repeal, but due to election year politics he agreed to hold a vote. Senator Daschle has no intention of saying exactly when the vote will take place. He will bring the bill to the floor the very moment he thinks he is most likely to have the votes to kill it.

05/21/2002
The Death Tax: It’s About Values
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The Death Tax: It’s About Values

Have you ever heard an actual economic argument made for keeping the Death Tax? No one claims that by diverting resources from productive investments into tax shelters the Death Tax spurs economic growth and job creation. No one claims that forcing a family to sell a farm or a business to pay the Death Tax helps create wealth.

05/14/2002
A Tax We Should All Want to Bury
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A Tax We Should All Want to Bury

Sometime before the U.S. Senate’s Fourth of July recess they will vote on whether or not to repeal the Death Tax. Permanently! Everyone agrees the vote will be close and the outcome is uncertain. In my mind, that means those of us who believe in repealing the Death Tax have a real shot at winning this vote – and enacting good policy.

05/07/2002
The Death Tax: A Tax We Can All Live Without
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The Death Tax: A Tax We Can All Live Without

CSE strongly believes that the death tax should be completely repealed in order to make the tax code fairer and simpler, and to eliminate the harmful drag this tax has on the economy. Only through total repeal will the tax code take a step toward fundamental reform. The Death Tax needs to be permanently abolished because it punishes the American values of saving and investment by penalizing individuals for passing property along to their family.

05/02/2002
Death Tax - Support the Gramm/Kyl Amendment
for Permanent and Full Repeal
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Death Tax - Support the Gramm/Kyl Amendment <br>for Permanent and Full Repeal

Soundbite: The Death Tax is anti-family, anti-jobs and anti-American. This may be our once chance to kill the Death Tax dead and we need to fight for its complete elimination. While most people believe that this tax only affects the wealthy in fact victims often hit hardest by the Death Tax are middle-class, hard-working Americans - small business owners and employees, family farmers and ranchers.

05/01/2002
Let’s Win One!
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Let’s Win One!

Senate Republicans, led by Phil Gramm (R-Tex) and John Kyl (R-Ariz) played hardball with Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and won. They stuck together and forced Daschle to agree to a vote to eliminate the Death Tax. Permanently. This is a big tactical victory and now we must rally the troops, organize and mobilize the grassroots and turn this process victory into a policy victory for America.

04/30/2002

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