Posted tagged ‘Legislation’

Democrats Plan to Tax the Wealthy

July 10, 2009

To pay for an overhaul of the health care system in the United States,  Democrats plan to propose a surtax on individuals earning $280,000 and up and couples earning more than $350,000.

From the New York Times:

In all, the proposal is projected to generate roughly $550 billion over 10 years, which would cover about half of the estimated cost of the $1-trillion-plus health care legislation. The balance of the cost is expected to be covered by lower government spending on Medicare and other savings in the health care system.

But it remains unclear if the Senate would approve such an across-the-board income tax on the wealthy. Although some Democrats said they would gladly vote to tax the rich to pay for an improved health care system, most if not all Republicans and some centrist Democrats seem to be opposed.

The Ways and Means chairman, Representative Charles B. Rangel of New York, said the surcharge would begin at 1 percent and would step up for individuals earning more than $400,000 and couples earning more than $500,000, and step up yet again for individuals earning $800,000 and up, and couples earning more than $1 million.

Barack Obama Signs Stimulus Bill

February 17, 2009

President Barack Obama finally signed a much hyped $787 billion economic stimulus bill into law today.

Time to see if this will help stimulate an economy that needs all the help it can get!

From USA Today:

President Obama called his $787 billion stimulus package the “most sweeping economic recovery act in our history” as he signed legislation in Denver Tuesday to create works projects and tax cuts designed to stimulate the sagging economy.

“I don’t want to pretend that today marks the end of our economic problems,” Obama said. “But today does mark the beginning of the end … the beginning of what we need to do to provide relief” for families that can’t pay their billls.

Before the signing Obama toured a solar panel installation project at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science in order to highlight the “green jobs” projects that are part of the stimulus package.

The bill will create or save 3.5 million jobs.

“We’re putting Americans to work, doing the work that America needs done,” the president said before signing the legislation.

From Reuters:

Obama, who has described the package as one part of a plan to solve his country’s economic ills, was expected to lay out a strategy on Wednesday to stem home foreclosures and address the housing crisis that sparked the financial sector meltdown.

Meanwhile financially strapped General Motors Corp (GM.N) and Chrysler LLC raced to finish restructuring plans that must be submitted to the Obama administration by the end of the day as part of efforts to keep America’s biggest carmakers afloat. [ID:nLH623622]

Obama, speaking in Denver where he visited a solar power installation, has staked his political reputation on the package, a mixture of tax cuts and spending projects, saying its success will determine his success as president.

“We’re putting Americans to work doing the work that America needs done in critical areas that have been neglected for too long … work that will begin real and lasting change for generations to come,” Obama said.

The White House has said it will take about a month for the money to start flowing from the package. Some economists, however, believe the measures will come too late to have an effect in 2009, when many forecasters predict full-year output will contract.

The package includes working class tax cuts, infrastructure spending, help for the poor and unemployed and investment in alternative energy.

Obama has predicted that the stimulus plan will save or create more than 3.5 million jobs over the next two years.

Though a major success for his young presidency, the stimulus debate in Congress laid bare bitter divisions over how to boost an economy suffering a rising jobless rate of 7.6 percent and a banking crisis that has nearly frozen lending.

Only three Republicans voted for the measure in the 100-seat Senate, and no Republicans broke ranks to support it the House, arguing it had too much spending and not enough tax breaks. The final plan was split into 36 percent for tax cuts and 64 percent in spending and other provisions.

House Says No To Economic Bailout Plan…Wall Street Reacts by Dropping 700 Points

September 29, 2008

To steal from John Mellancamp…

“And the stocks…come tumblin’ down…”

The House this morning defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue package that would have bailed out the staggering financial industry.

Associated Press

Credit: Associated Press

From the Associated Press:

Stocks plummeted on Wall Street even before the 228-205 vote to reject the bill was announced on the House floor.

When the critical vote was tallied, too few members of the House were willing to support the unpopular measure with elections just five weeks away. Ample no votes came from both the Democratic and Republican sides of the aisle.

Bush and a host of leading congressional figures had implored the lawmakers to pass the legislation despite howls of protest from their constituents back home.

The vote had been preceded by unusually aggressive White House lobbying, and spokesman Tony Fratto said that Bush had used a “call list” of people he wanted to persuade to vote yes as late as just a short time before the vote.

Lawmakers shouted news of the plummeting Dow Jones average as lawmakers crowded on the House floor during the drawn-out and tense call of the roll, which dragged on for roughly 40 minutes as leaders on both sides scrambled to corral enough of their rank-and-file members to support the deeply unpopular measure.

They found only two.


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