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House Votes to Kill the Death Tax, but Senate an Obstacle

Thursday, 19 June 2003 12:00 AM

The bill faces much dimmer prospects in the Senate.

Previous legislation enacted by Congress calls for the estate tax to go away in 2010, then reappear a year later. The bill passed by the House Wednesday on a 264-163 vote would make the repeal permanent.

Democrats complain that will deepen the budget deficit, but Republicans say the government shouldn't be picking the pockets of dead people, forcing their heirs to liquidate family farms and businesses to pay hefty estate taxes.

Asked about the bill's chances in the Senate, Minority Leader Tom Daschle said he doubted there were enough votes to get it through. The same thing happened last year: The House passed a bill permanently repealing the estate tax, but the Senate didn't go along.

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