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  • Latest Action: Jan 02, 2013 Became Public Law No: 112-240.

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  • Committee Assignment: House Committee on the Budget

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  • This bill's most-recent vote occurred on January 01, 2013, with a roll call of 257 ayes, 167 nays, and 8 not voting.

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  • 46% of users support H.R.8

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  • H.R.8 has been viewed 9,896 times

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    Supporting Organizations

    • American Action Network

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    • Americans for Tax Reform

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    • Cost of Government Center

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    • Heritage Action for America

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    • Mason Contractors Association of America

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    • National Federation of Independent Business

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    • National Small Business Association

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    • US Chamber of Commerce

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    • Half in Ten

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    • Log Cabin Republicans

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    • Moms Rising

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    • National Women's Law Center

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    • The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On August 11, 2012, by SeanRamey - Simply put, it's pretty stupid to NOT support this bill. It's a small bill and easy to understand. The main purposes are labeled clearly. Just look for (b) Purposes and you will see what this bill want's to do. This should be a no-brainer to support it. If you don't support this bill, please comment why.

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      As noted by SeanRamey, a user on OpenCongress.org, on August 11, 2012, "Simply put, it's pretty stupid to NOT support this bill. It's a small bill and easy to understand. The main purposes are labeled clearly. Just look for (b) Purposes and you will see what this bill want's to do. This should be a no-brainer to support it. If you don't support this bill, please comment why."
    • On August 13, 2012, by vulri39 - Yes, the purpose that is laid out is very simple and seems like a no-brainer when it comes to supporting it. However, when you get into the weeds of the bill what it basically does is extend tax cuts for the very wealthy while allowing tax cuts to expire for the middle class. If you look at the Amendment that was proposed, it was proposed in order to extend those tax cuts for the middle-class working families and college students, which the main bill did not cover. The Amendment failed, and the Bill was passed with extending tax cuts to the wealth only.

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      As noted by vulri39, a user on OpenCongress.org, on August 13, 2012, "Yes, the purpose that is laid out is very simple and seems like a no-brainer when it comes to supporting it. However, when you get into the weeds of the bill what it basically does is extend tax cuts for the very wealthy while allowing tax cuts to expire for the middle class. If you look at the Amendment that was proposed, it was proposed in order to extend those tax cuts for the middle-class working families and college students, which the main bill did not cover. The Amendment failed, and the Bill was passed with extending tax cuts to the wealth only. "
    • On January 02, 2013, by jimbrizzle - Maybe I am missing something, hopefully someone can explain it to me. So this bill extended 1) the reduction in Dividends and Capital gains tax 2) the treatment of estate and gift tax (which realistically has little effect on the majority of Americans) 3) Bumped up the AMT exemption (which was absolutely neccesary) 4) and continued the immediate deductibility of certain capital expenditures for small businesses. Did I miss anything? What was the need to do this on New Years Eve when all of these things could quite easily have been put in place retroactively next week?

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      As noted by jimbrizzle, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 02, 2013, "Maybe I am missing something, hopefully someone can explain it to me. So this bill extended 1) the reduction in Dividends and Capital gains tax 2) the treatment of estate and gift tax (which realistically has little effect on the majority of Americans) 3) Bumped up the AMT exemption (which was absolutely neccesary) 4) and continued the immediate deductibility of certain capital expenditures for small businesses. Did I miss anything? What was the need to do this on New Years Eve when all of these things could quite easily have been put in place retroactively next week? "

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • The WOTC Planet » Blog Archive » Tax Tug of War Continues – Tax ... - July 26, 2012 by Vaughn Hromiko - H.R. 8 was introduced by Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp and co-sponsored by all Ways and Means Republicans, including WOTC co-sponsors Congressman Aaron Schock and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins.

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      As noted by Vaughn Hromiko on July 26, 2012, "H.R. 8 was introduced by Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp and co-sponsored by all Ways and Means Republicans, including WOTC co-sponsors Congressman Aaron Schock and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins." (/url?q=http://www.wotcplanet.com/2012/07/tax-tug-of-war-continues-tax-extenders-missing-but-still-on-radar/&sa=U&ei=gAUVULzrCZCk8QTCpIDgDw&ved=0CDcQmAEwBg&usg=AFQjCNEvGWtYRSo6FxdGUW_5mqhQu_rgJg)
    • Call your U.S. Representative today to support H.R. 8 | Georgia ... - July 26, 2012 by Artisan - July 25, 2012 1:00 PM CDT House scheduled to vote the week of July 30th By Stephen Borg On Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

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      As noted by Artisan on July 26, 2012, "July 25, 2012 1:00 PM CDT House scheduled to vote the week of July 30th By Stephen Borg On Tuesday, July 24, 2012." (/url?q=http://www.georgiacontractorinsurance.com/2012/07/call-your-u-s-representative-today-to-support-h-r-8/&sa=U&ei=gAUVULzrCZCk8QTCpIDgDw&ved=0CCkQmAEwAw&usg=AFQjCNHINHWCvi32hINaS6fRWTWjGyc2Wg)
    • Call your U.S. Representative today to support H.R. 8 | Georgia ... - July 26, 2012 by Artisan - July 25, 2012 1:00 PM CDT House scheduled to vote the week of July 30th By Stephen Borg On Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

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      As noted by Artisan on July 26, 2012, "July 25, 2012 1:00 PM CDT House scheduled to vote the week of July 30th By Stephen Borg On Tuesday, July 24, 2012." (/url?q=http://www.georgiacontractorinsurance.com/2012/07/call-your-u-s-representative-today-to-support-h-r-8/&sa=U&ei=XFYSUOn6O4yo8QSp14GwDw&ved=0CBsQmAEwAA&usg=AFQjCNGx42inXaZNFAU_nEga_QOLpxnvuw)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • The Senate is the Problem - January 04, 2013 by Town Hall - The late night drama cast Senator Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden as heroes. They did what Obama and Boehner failed to do, come together on an agreement to limit the bite of the fiscal cliff's tax hikes. That agreement led to bipartisan Sena

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      As noted by Town Hall on January 04, 2013, "The late night drama cast Senator Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden as heroes. They did what Obama and Boehner failed to do, come together on an agreement to limit the bite of the fiscal cliff's tax hikes. That agreement led to bipartisan Sena" (http://townhall.com/columnists/philkerpen/2013/01/04/the-senate-is-the-problem-n1478337)
    • 2WTK: Are Republicans Fighting Republicans? - January 02, 2013 by WFMY | DigTriad.com - Triad, NC -- It's no secret, Democrats and Republicans can rarely get along. We saw that recently through the fiscal cliff drama. However, the fiscal cliff deal now has republicans mad at republicans. Then, to add fuel to the fire, New Jersey governor, C

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      As noted by WFMY | DigTriad.com on January 02, 2013, "Triad, NC -- It's no secret, Democrats and Republicans can rarely get along. We saw that recently through the fiscal cliff drama. However, the fiscal cliff deal now has republicans mad at republicans. Then, to add fuel to the fire, New Jersey governor, C" (http://www.digtriad.com/rss/article/261594/57/2WTK-Are-Republicans-Fighting-Republicans)
    • LIVE UPDATES: House Set to Vote on Senate’s ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Bill - January 02, 2013 by The Blaze - 2013 is the year for every responsible conservative to put their personal finances in order. Get rid of as much debt you possibly can. The clowns in Washington can’t stop spending but each of us can control our individual and family debt. The debt of thi

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      As noted by The Blaze on January 02, 2013, "2013 is the year for every responsible conservative to put their personal finances in order. Get rid of as much debt you possibly can. The clowns in Washington can’t stop spending but each of us can control our individual and family debt. The debt of thi" (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/house-set-to-vote-on-senates-fiscal-cliff-bill/)
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