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Moment of Truth for<br> Senate Dems on Obama Tax Pledge


Posted by John Kartch on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010, 4:12 PM PERMALINK


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A moment of truth has arrived for Senate Democrats as today they will decide whether or not healthcare reform will continue to raise taxes on families making less than $250,000 per year.

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) has offered an amendment to HR 4872 which would strip out from healthcare reform any and all tax increases on working families.
 
By signing the healthcare bill into law, President Obama has violated his “firm pledge” not to raise “any form” of taxes on those making less than $250,000 per year.
 
As Americans for Tax Reform has pointed out repeatedly, the healthcare bill signed into law contains seven tax hikes that unquestionably violate Obama’s middle class tax pledge.
 
Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) has admitted that some Americans making less than $200,000 per year will face tax hikes under ObamaCare. During remarks last night on the Senate floor, Baucus said: 
 
“One other point that I think it’s very important to make is that it is true that in certain cases, the taxes will go up for some Americans who might be making less than $200,000.”
 
Obama’s promise remains for all to see at the Change.gov website: “no family making less than $250,000 will see their taxes increase.”
 
“This is the last best chance that Democrat Senators have to repeal Obamacare’s pledge-breaking tax hikes,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

 

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