Senate intransigence impacts college tuition and state sales tax
(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal has spoken on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives twice this week about Senate Republicans continued opposition to an important tax extenders bill that includes tax breaks for individuals and businesses. The following are excerpts of his remarks.
"Madame Speaker, in December, and again in May, this House passed legislation to extend a popular set of expiring tax provisions, providing billions of dollars in tax relief to millions of American families. That tax bill passed the House, and has been stymied in the other body, where only two Republican Senators have stood up against their own party's filibuster against these tax cuts.
Let me tell you who is suffering in the meantime:
42,000 families in Kentucky cannot deduct $108 million in college tuition fees. 86,000 families in Arizona cannot deduct $166 million in tuition fees.
304,000 families in Texas cannot deduct $708 in college tuition fees. Nationwide, more than 4 million families cannot deduct $10.5 billion in college expenses.
With respect to tax deductions:
600,000 families in Tennessee cannot deduct $1.3 billion of state sales taxes. 2 million families in Florida cannot deduct $3 billion of state sales taxes.
2.2 million families in Texas cannot deduct $4 billion in state sales taxes. Nationwide, more than 12 million families cannot deduct $19.5 billion in state sales taxes.
A college degree means a better job for your child. Tax deductions will spur purchases for cars, boats and school supplies in these states, but time is slipping away. I urge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to contact their Senators and tell them the Tax Extenders bill means jobs!"