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DeMint Amendment Would End Death Tax

Posted by Brian Garst on June 10, 2011

Senator DeMint is proposing an amendment that would eliminate the death tax. The death tax repeal is being included in an amendment that also ends ethanol mandates. According to DeMint’s office:

“Unfortunately, Washington’s bad ethanol policies don’t end with just subsidies and tariffs, we must also repeal the mandate, which my amendment would do,” said Senator DeMint, whose amendment will also permanently repeal the death tax.  “The best way to help family farmers is not with mandates, subsidies, and protective tariffs.  We can help farmers and stimulate the economy by repealing the unfair death tax, which cripples family farms and small businesses all over this country.”

In the previous Senate, and due to Majority Leader Harry Reid’s obstinance, DeMint was forced to use a procedural move – which would have required 67 votes – in an effort to prevent the death tax from returning for 2011. It didn’t matter really matter, though, as only 39 Senators supported the bill. That number will certainly increase with the new Senate, but it will still require some who previously voted down the idea to change their minds in order for DeMint’s new amendment to pass.

 

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