May 28, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REMEMBER WHEN: CONGRESSMAN ED MARKEY VOTED IN FAVOR OF HIGHER TAXES 271 TIMES?
“Ed Markey is doing things the old way, trying to run the economy from the top-down in Washington because he’s never had a real job in the real world. We need a fresh, new approach. It’s time we grow the economy from the bottom up.” – Gabriel Gomez
Over His Many Decades In Washington, Congressman Ed Markey Has Supported Higher Taxes
Congressman Markey Has Voted For Higher Taxes At Least 271 Times:
· Congressman Markey has voted to raise taxes.
· Congressman Markey has voted against tax cuts.
· Congressman Markey has voted to reduce the size of tax cuts.
· Congressman Markey has voted to let tax cuts expire. (Congressional Quarterly, Roll Call Votes, 1977-2013)
Some Of The Lowlights Of Congressman Markey’s 271 Votes For Higher Taxes:
· In August 1993, Markey Voted To Increase The Federal Gas Tax By 4.3 Cents Per Gallon. (H.R. 2264, CQ Vote #406: Adopted 218-216: R 0-175; D 217-41; I 1-0, 8/5/93, Markey Voted Yea; Tax Policy Center Website, www.taxpolicycenter.org, Accessed 1/7/13)
· In March 2001, Markey Voted Against Doubling The Child Tax Credit To $1,000. “Passage of a bill that would reduce taxes by $399.2 billion over 10 years by doubling both the married couples’ deduction and the child tax credit. The measure would gradually raise the standard deduction, expand the 15 percent income tax bracket, and raise the alternative minimum tax exemption for married couples filing jointly to twice that of individuals filing singly. The bill would raise the earned-income amount used by joint filers to calculate the earned-income credit to 110 percent of the amount used by all other taxpayers. It also would gradually double the child tax credit to $1,000, and make the credit refundable.” (H.R. 6, CQ Vote #75: Passed 282-144: R 217-0; D 64-143; I 1-1, 3/29/01, Markey Voted Nay)
· In May 2004, Markey Voted Against Making The $1,000 Child Tax Credit Permanent. “Passage of the bill that would permanently extend the $1,000 per child tax credit that is scheduled to revert to $700 per child in 2005. It would increase the amount of income a taxpayer may earn before the credit begins to phase out from $75,000 to $125,000 for single individuals and from $110,000 to $250,000 for married couples. It also would allow military personnel to include combat pay in their gross earnings in order to calculate eligibility for the child tax credit.” (H.R. 4359, CQ Vote #209: Passed 271-139: R 213-3; D 58-135; I 0-1, 5/20/04, Markey Voted Nay)
· In July 2000, Markey Voted Against Eliminating The Marriage Penalty Tax. “Passage of the bill to reduce taxes for married couples by approximately $182 billion over 10 years. The measure would increase the standard deduction claimed by married couples to twice the amount claimed by single taxpayers. The upper boundary of the 15 percent tax bracket would gradually increase from 2003 to 2008 to twice the limit for singles. The measure also would allow couples to earn an additional $2,000 before being disqualified from receiving the earned income tax credit.” (H.R. 4810, CQ Vote #418: Adopted 271-156: R 219-0; D 51-155; I 1-1, 7/20/00, Markey Voted Nay)
· Markey Voted Against The 2001 Tax Cuts Which Lowered Taxes For All Taxpayers. “Adoption of the conference report on the bill that would reduce taxes by $1.35 trillion through fiscal 2011 through income tax rate cuts, relief of the ‘marriage penalty,’ a phaseout of the federal estate tax, doubling the child tax credit, and providing incentives for retirement savings. A new 10 percent tax rate would be created retroactive to Jan. 1, and taxpayers would get rebate checks this summer of $300 for singles and $600 for couples. The bill would double the $500-per-child tax credit by 2010 and make it refundable; raise the estate tax exemption to $1 million in 2002 and repeal the tax in 2010; increase the standard deduction for married couples to double that of singles, beginning in 2005; and increase annual limits on contributions for Individual Retirement Accounts to $5,000.” (H.R. 1836, CQ Vote #149: Adopted 240-154: R 211-0; D 28-153; I 1-1, 5/26/01, Markey Voted Nay)
· Markey Voted Against The 2003 Tax Cuts, Which Included Accelerated Rate Cuts. “Adoption of the conference report on the bill that would provide $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. It would provide $20 billion in state aid that consists of $10 billion for Medicaid and $10 billion to be used at states’ discretion. The agreement includes a new top tax rate of 15 percent on capital gains and dividends through 2007 (5 percent for lower-income taxpayers in 2007 and no tax in 2008). Income tax cuts enacted in 2001 and scheduled to take effect in 2006 would be accelerated. The child tax credit would increase to $1,000 through 2004. The standard deduction for married couples would be double that for a single filer through 2004. Tax breaks for businesses would include increasing the deduction that small businesses could take on investments to $100,000 through 2005.” (H.R. 2, CQ Vote #225: Adopted 231-200: R 224-1; D 7-198; I 0-1, 5/23/03, Markey Voted Nay)