MIDDLE-CLASS ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX RELIEF ACT OF 2004 -- (House of Representatives - May 05, 2004)
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(Mr. Cooper asked and was given permission to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. COOPER. Mr. Speaker, I would urge all of our Members who are from Texas, Washington, Florida, South Dakota, Tennessee, Nevada, or Wyoming to pay close attention. This may be your best time, it may be your only time in your congressional career to get basic Federal income tax fairness for your State. Let me repeat. If you are from Texas or Florida or Wyoming or South Dakota or Tennessee or Washington, this may be your only chance to get basic tax fairness for the citizens of your State. This is not a partisan issue. This is an issue of basic unfairness that has existed in this country since 1986 when the tax laws changed to deprive the citizens of our States basic tax fairness.
The citizens of those States I just named, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Washington, South Dakota, Nevada, Wyoming, pay more Federal income tax per capita than citizens equally positioned in other States. Why? Because our basic tax mechanisms are the sales tax, not the State income tax, and we cannot deduct the State sales tax from our Federal income. So this is your best chance, this is your only chance, and you must vote against the previous question. That idea is anathema to some of our colleagues, but I think we need to rise above the petty proceduralisms of this House, rise above what your House leadership may be telling you or not telling you; and this is a choice to stand up with your people back home or to obey the rules of Washington.
Let us stand up for our people back home. Let us get basic tax fairness to our citizens. To do that, you have to vote against the previous question. This is not an ordinary vote on a regular Wednesday in Washington, D.C. This is your best chance, this is your only chance to get tax fairness for your people back home.