An Important Vote You May Have MissedMay 16, 2008 - by Donny Shaw
The House held a vote this week that crystalizes an often-discussed belief held by many Democrats: that wealthy Americans should do more to help those who are struggling.
The proposal was to institute a surtax on the wealthy – 0.47 percent on any income above $500,000 earned by an individual and on income above $1 million for couples – in exchange for an expansion of education benefits for soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Also included in the proposal was a 13-week extension of unemployment insurance benefits, international food assistance, money for levee reconstruction in New Orleans, and more (more details here).
The vote came on the third and final section of the emergency supplemental war funding bill, itself an amendment to an unrelated appropriations bill. It’s Confusing stuff, and it’s hard to identify in the vote records. But since it was such an ideologically polarizing vote, I want to make sure people can find out how their representative voted, despite all the confusion (it didn’t go down straight along party lines – there were defections from both sides of the aisle).
Click here to see how your representative voted.