RESOUNDING "NO" FOR PERMANENT REPEAL OF THE ESTATE TAX

The final vote this evening (June 12) on the Gramm amendment for permanent estate tax repeal was 54 for permanent repeal and 44 against -- clearly failing the 60-vote requirement. This represents a resounding victory against permanent repeal of the estate tax. Votes on the two Democratic reform amendments showed that there is a lot of support for reform, and means that we now need to move forward to talk about what a fair and reasonable reform would be. (The Dorgan amendment was 44 for and 54 against; Conrad amendment was 38 for and 60 against) (To be precise, these all were procedurally votes on waiving the budget rules to allow votes on the amendments--but effectively they were votes on the substance of the amendments.) Please check www.fairestatetax.org for updates this week.

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Statement of Charlotte McConnell, Executive Director, Family and Child Services of Washington, DC In

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.

The following are the remarks of Charlotte McConnell, Executive Director of Family and Child Services of Washington, DC, Inc. on the problems repeal of the estate tax pose for the nation's charities.

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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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