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Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 4154, Permanent Estate Tax Relief For Families, Farmers, And Small Businesses Act Of 2009

Floor Speech

Location: Washington D.C.


Mr. SCALISE. Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague from Florida for his leadership on this.

Mr. Speaker, the American people across the country are asking, Where are the jobs? And all they see from this Democrat-controlled Congress is more bills that will actually kill jobs and run jobs out of the country. And make no mistake about it: the death tax will kill more jobs in this country.

To place a permanent 45 percent tax on death is immoral. Think about this: the small businesses in our country are hit the hardest. The actual job creators in this country are hit the hardest by the death tax. When a family member dies, the biggest decision they make after that death should not be about how they have to sell their family business because they can't afford to pay the taxes upon death. And that's what happens under this death tax. And here they have a bill to enshrine the tax at 45 percent.

Now, if anyone wonders where are the jobs, as the President is holding a jobs summit, while unemployment smashed through the 10 percent mark earlier this year, all they have to do is look at the policies President Obama keeps bringing up. It started with the stimulus bill that didn't create jobs and just added more debt to our children and grandchildren. And then they brought the policies like this energy tax, the cap-and-trade energy tax, and then the government takeover of health care. And here we are today debating a bill that is going to enshrine a 45 percent tax on death. And Speaker Pelosi wouldn't even allow us to bring an amendment to the floor that would repeal it.

There is a clear contrast between the two parties on this issue. When we are in the majority, we will repeal the death tax, and here they've got a bill that will enshrine it at 45 percent permanently.

Taxation without respiration should not be the law of the land.


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