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Small Business Tax Relief Act Of 2007

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SMALL BUSINESS TAX RELIEF ACT OF 2007 -- (House of Representatives - February 16, 2007)

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Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Mr. Speaker, this was the product of a bipartisan compromise in the Ways and Means Committee. That is a good thing. I am not here to talk about the merits of the bill.

I am here to talk about the fact that this is a suspension of the rules. Among the things that this rules suspends is the Budget Act, and this bill has two budget points of order that lie against it, section 303 and 311. So we are, in the early days of this majority, bringing a bill to the floor that violates the Budget Act. We haven't written the new budget, and we are violating the current one we have.

As to the new PAYGO system, if the PAYGO rule were in place that we had before, or the PAYGO rule that was advocated by the Democrat minority last year would be in place, this would violate their PAYGO rule. It is convenient that this new, more-watered-down PAYGO doesn't apply to this, but I think the facts should be known that this bill does violate the Budget Act in two important ways.

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