Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after he voted against bringing a bill before the Senate that would permanently raise taxes. He also called for restoration of the state and local sales tax deduction.
“This bill permanently raises some taxes in exchange for temporarily reducing other tax relief that expired last year. Bad tax policy like this bill won’t help families struggling with high gas prices or jump-start an economy that’s in a slump. Congress must keep taxes low, and I will continue pushing to restore the deductibility of state and local sales taxes.”
Alexander is a cosponsor of bills introduced by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) to provide a permanent deduction for state and local sales taxes. The motion to proceed to H.R 6049, the tax extenders bill, received 50 votes. Under Senate rules, 60 votes were required.