Statement of William H. Gates, Sr.

On June 12, 2002, Sen. Kent Conrad, William H. Gates, Sr., and Americans for a Fair Estate Tax released the results from a poll conducted in May on views of the estate tax among the American public.

William H. Gates, Sr., participating by phone from Seattle, WA, made the following remarks.

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Estate Tax Polling: Frequency Distribution

Click here to view the frequency distribution for each polling question.

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Statement by George Soros on Permanent Repeal of the Estate Tax

George Soros is Chairman of Soros Fund Management and founder of the Open Society Network of Foundations.
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Estate Tax Polling Data

Charts and Graphs illustrating public opinion on the Estate Tax.

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Public Attitudes on the Estate Tax

A summary of findings from a national poll of 1,000 likely voters.(1)

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Estate Tax Briefings

A successful nonprofit briefing on the estate tax was held on June 6. A press briefing to release the results of a nationwide poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research will be held Wednesday, June 12.

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House Passes Permanent Repeal of the Estate Tax (Again)

The House wanted its vote on Thurs. June 6th on permanent repeal of the estate tax (H.R. 2143) to send a signal to the Senate showing widening support for repeal. The vote did send a signal, though not the one the House had intended.

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AFL-CIO Letter to House Members

The AFL-CIO sent this letter to all House members on June 5, 2002, urging them to vote "No" on H.R. 2143, which calls for permanent repeal of the estate tax.

The letter encourages Congress to "delay the implementation of any new tax cut, including those which have already been enacted but not yet implemented, until our domestic priorities are met and Social Security and Medicare are fully protected."

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House Passes Permanent Estate Tax Repeal

The House wanted its vote yesterday on permanent repeal of the
estate tax (H.R. 2143) to send a signal to the Senate showing
widening support for repeal. The vote did send a signal, though not the
one the House had intended.

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Taxpayers for Common Sense Letter to House Members

Taxpayers for Common Sensesent this letter to all House members on June 5, 2002, urging them to vote "No" on H.R. 2143 for permanent repeal of the estate tax.

The letter argues that, "The nation cannot afford this legislation at this time. Even if the lost revenues could be offset, the long-term revenue losses will cause significant future economic problems, all in the name of assisting a very small number of wealthy families to escape inheritance tax liability."

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