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Key Votes

HR 4579 - Tax Cut bill - Key Vote

National Key Votes




Stage Details

Legislation - Placed on Calendar (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (229-195) - (Key vote)

Title: Tax Cut bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill to cut taxes for married couples, farmers, students, and others, and to set aside a portion of the budget surplus for Social Security.

  • Establishes the "Protect Social Security Account" to set aside 90 percent of the budget surpluses for Social Security until a reform measure is passed.
  • Reduces the "marriage penalty" by making the basic standard deduction on a joint return equal to twice the deduction of a single return.
  • Increases the exemption from estate and gift taxes to $1 million.
  • Eliminates federal taxes on the first $400 of interest and dividend income for joint returns and $200 for single returns, except for capital gain dividends from regulated investment companies and real estate investment trusts.
  • Increases the limits on earnings before there is a reduction in benefits for individuals who have attained retirement age but are under age 70.
  • Allows a 100 percent deduction on health insurance for self-employed individuals.
  • Extends the credit for increasing research activities, the work-opportunity credit, and the welfare-to-work credit from April 30, 1999 to February 29, 2000.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Tax Cut bill


  • William Reynolds 'Bill' Archer (TX - R) (Out Of Office)


  • Thomas J. 'Tom' Bliley Jr. (VA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Jim Bunning (KY - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Jon Lynn Christensen (NE - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael Allen 'Mac' Collins (GA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Philip M. Crane (IL - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Jennifer B. Dunn (WA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Philip 'Phil' English (PA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • John Eric Ensign (NV - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Elton W. Gallegly (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James C. 'Jim' Greenwood (PA - ) (Out Of Office)
  • John David 'J.D.' Hayworth Jr. (AZ - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Amory 'Amo' Houghton Jr. (NY - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Kenny C. Hulshof (MO - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James O. 'Jim' McCrery III (LA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Robert J. 'Rob' Portman (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • James M. 'Jim' Ramstad (MN - R) (Out Of Office)
  • E. Clay Shaw Jr. (FL - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William M. 'Bill' Thomas (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Wesley 'Wes' Watkins (OK - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Gerald C. 'Jerry' Weller (IL - R) (Out Of Office)
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