Mr. KERRY. Mr. President, I offer my strong support for the Armed Forces Tax Fairness Act and am proud to be a cosponsor of the original bill. This legislation, among other measures, will remedy several provisions in the Tax Code that needlessly penalize the members of our Armed Forces.
The act eliminates taxes on military death gratuities. It allows service members to benefit from the sale of a home as civilian taxpayers now do by exempting up to $250,000 of the revenue from the sale of a principal residence even if the owner is away on active duty. It excludes amounts received under the military housing assistance program. It expands combat zone filing rules to include contingency operations. And it takes other sound steps that will benefit Americans who have chosen to serve their country so admirably in our armed services. There is also a provision to assist the families of astronauts lost in the tragic crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia.
As a veteran, I hold the dedication and commitment of our military personnel in especially high regard. They are putting their time, talent, energy and, often, their very lives on the line for our Nation. For that, I thank them and am proud to support this legislation