Americans Should Keep Their Tax Relief

Feb 7, 2002
Press Release
Wilson Votes to Support Bush Tax Relief
Rep. Joe Wilson, R-SC, today voted to uphold the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, H.R. 1836, to allow hard-working Americans to keep more of their money. The resolution passed in response to several leading Democrats calling for a tax increase in the midst of a national recession. “On June 7, 2001, President Bush signed legislation which provided millions of taxpayers with the first meaningful tax relief since 1981,” said Rep. Wilson. “This ensures that millions of hard-working Americans keep more of their hard earned tax dollars and not receive a tax increase.” H.Con.Res. 312, the legislation voted on today, states that all tax relief provisions of H.R. 1836 - including the across-the-board tax reductions, marriage penalty relief, elimination of the death tax, doubling of the per-child tax credit and IRA expansion - should continue as scheduled. Furthermore, H.Con.Res 312 states that repealing the provisions of President Bush’s tax relief plan is a tax increase. “A handful of Democrats have tried to gain political advantage by blaming tax relief for the deficit and the recession. So, they’ve called for raising taxes. I do not believe that Majority Leader Daschle, Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy and others who want to raise taxes reflect the sentiment of congress and the American people,” said Rep. Wilson. “Even twelve Senate Democrats and 41 House Democrats voted for tax relief. They knew that cutting taxes was the right thing to do for America’s future economic prosperity.” “This legislation gives the American people the chance to see who is for tax relief and who wants to raise taxes. Americans should get the tax relief they were promised,” said Rep. Wilson. ###