Jobs, Energy, Families, and Disaster Relief Act of 2008

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The Jobs, Energy, Families, and Disaster Relief Act of 2008 (S. 3335) was introduced in the Senate on July 24, 2008. It sought to amend IRS tax code, including changes such as extending credits for alternative energy production and providing tax benefits for individuals and businesses in federally-declared disaster areas.[1]

A motion to invoke cloture and end debate failed on July 30, 2008, by a vote of 51-43.[1]


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Scorecard: Americans for Democratic Action 2008 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye


"Motion to invoke cloture and proceed to a vote on a bill to extend dozens of expired or expiring tax provisions for one year and create new tax incentives for energy-related technology. It also would appropriate $8 billion to the Highway Trust Fund, with tax offsets. Failing to receive the required 60 votes, motion was rejected 51-43. July 30, 2008. A yes vote is an A+."

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Scored vote

Scorecard: League of Conservation Voters 2008 Senate Scorecard

Org. position: Aye


"In another in a series of Senate attempts to break the logjam over the clean energy tax package, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, crafted yet another version of the tax credits. While the package largely followed along earlier versions by extending dozens of expired or soon-to-be expiring tax provisions for one year, it also contained additional provisions for new renewable clean energy technologies such as marine and hydrokinetic and an $8 billion boost to the Highway Trust Fund. To offset the cost, the bill would change certain tax rules for stock brokers and deferred compensation, delay the foreign tax credit, and increase the estimated tax payment from certain corporations. On July 30, this effort also failed to reach the 60 vote threshold by a vote of 51-43 (Senate roll call vote 192). YES is the pro-environment vote. Congress finally extended the tax credits in early October."

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  1. 1.0 1.1 OpenCongress, Jobs, Energy, Families, and Disaster Relief Act of 2008,

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