Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001

Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001

The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 was the first of President George W. Bush's (R) radical tax cuts. Tax rates were lowered across the board, with the highest bracket being decreased 39.6 percent to 35 percent. The capital gains tax was lowered as well, from 10 percent to 8 percent. The bill also reduced the estate tax annually (while raising the amount of money that qualifies for estate tax coverage), until 2010 when it was repealed for one-year.

The law provided tax credits for education, created tax incentives for married couples and increased the Child Tax Credit from $500 to $1,000.

Cry Wolf Quotes

I hate to tell you, by Washington's definitions that [Melancon]'s using, virtually everybody in this audience is the wealthy.

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Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)

The Obama Tax Plan Would Eliminate Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs Each Year….In other words, for Americans who are unemployed now, their prospects of employment would worsen under the Obama tax plan.

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The Heritage Foundation's study “Obama Tax Hikes: The Economic and Fiscal Effects".

[We have] High unemployment because small businesses, people who make $250,000 a year, are not spending and investing and it will get worse if we don’t extend those tax cuts.

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Sean Hannity, Fox News' Hannity.

President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi want to keep the current rates on income, capital gains and dividends in place only for those who happen to fit their description of ‘middle class.’ In this moment of economic distress, will they get their way even though a bipartisan majority of the House disagrees with them? Or will present tax rates be extended for all American taxpayers—and most importantly for small businesses and investors, the nation's job creators?

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House minority whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), Wall Street Journal.

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