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Providing for Consideration of H.R. 4297, Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005

Location: Washington, DC

PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 4297, TAX RELIEF EXTENSION RECONCILIATION ACT OF 2005 -- (House of Representatives - December 08, 2005)


Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Speaker, I rise to support the underlying bill and to oppose the substitute. And this is the reason why: my state, Tennessee, has seen more than $250 million in taxpayer savings a year from the sales tax deduction we passed in 2004.

The Tax Relief Extension Act that we are passing today will extend that. There is no excuse not to support this matter of tax fairness for States like mine. It is great for our economy; it is great for Tennessee's Main Streets. And those hundreds of millions of dollars are being pumped back into those local economies.

My State should not be penalized for choosing an alternative tax system. It is a better tax system. We want to keep it. I know many of my friends who are Blue Dogs supported the tax cut, and I hope that they are going to join us today and vote for the majority's bill. Tennesseeans are watching this vote.

Mr. Speaker, I do not know how many different ways we are going to have to talk about this economy and the fact that it is booming, jobs creation, home sales up, productivity soaring; but some never let facts get in the way of their political agenda.

If you read the New York Times, the Washington Post, or listen to many of my colleagues, you believe that our economy is dismal and we have not created a single solitary new job. One important thing the Federal Reserve noted: since we passed these tax relief measures in 2003, American households have increased their nest eggs, their retirement security, their savings by $10.5 trillion, $10.5 trillion net worth development by American households.

Finally, Mr. Speaker, this bill before us today, this bill has a provision that helps our Nation's songwriters. As chairman of the Congressional Songwriters Caucus, we worked to correct an inequity in the Tax Code that penalizes them when they sell their life's work. The bill solves that.

I thank my friend from Kentucky (Mr. Lewis) and Chairman Thomas for their work on this issue.


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