Vote number 08-S064 increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million
on Mar 13, 2008
regarding bill S.Amdt.4218 to S.Con.Res.70
Results: Amendment rejected, 43-55
CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: To put children ahead of millionaires and billionaires by restoring the pre-2001 top income tax rate for people earning over $1 million, and use this revenue to invest in LIHEAP; IDEA; Head Start; Child Care; nutrition; school construction and deficit reduction.
SUPPORTER'S ARGUMENT FOR VOTING YES:Sen. SANDERS: The wealthiest people in the country have not had it so good since the 1920s. Their incomes are soaring, while at the same time the middle class is shrinking, and we have by far the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country. The time is now to begin changing our national priorities and moving this country in a different direction.
This amendment restores the top income tax bracket for households earning more than $1 million a year, it raises $32.5 billion over 3 years, and invests that in our kids, including $10 billion for special education. OPPONENT'S ARGUMENT FOR VOTING NO:Sen. KYL: The problem is we are spending the same dollar 3 or 4 times, it appears. The Sanders amendment is paid for by raising taxes another $32.5 billion, ostensibly from the rich; that is to say, by raising taxes on people who make over $1 million a year. Here is the problem with that. The budget on the floor already assumes the expiration of the current tax rates; that is to say, the rates on the highest level go from 35% to 39.6%, and that money is spent. If you took all the top-rate income, you would come up with $25 billion a year, not even enough to meet what is here, and that money has already been spent. The reality is somewhere or other, somehow, more taxes would have to be raised. I don't think the American people want to do that, particularly in the current environment. LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Amendment rejected, 43-55
Voting YES counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 11:
Make taxes more progressive;
Voting NO counts for -2 points on VoteMatch question 11.
Voting YES counts as answer D on AmericansElect question 1;
When you think about the US budget deficit, which of the following solutions is closest to your opinion?
Voting NO counts as answer A on AmericansElect question 1
- A: Cutting existing programs
- B: More spending cuts than tax increases (mix of both solutions)
- C: More tax increases than spending cuts (mix of both solutions)
- D: Raising Taxes
- E: Unsure
voting on 08-S064
||NO||FL Former GOP Senator (resigned 2009); previously HUD Secy.|
||YES||VT Independent Jr Senator, previously Representative|