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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:07 PM
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Nelson (D-Ne) switches vote; alternative minimum tax rate cut derailed

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Published Saturday | March 15, 2008
Nelson switches vote; alternative minimum tax rate cut derailed
BY JOSEPH MORTON
WORLD-HERALD BUREAU

WASHINGTON A proposal by Republican senators to lower alternative minimum tax rates had an ally in Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska for about 45 minutes.

Nelson, a Democrat, voted Thursday for a budget amendment to reduce the AMT rates, but he changed his mind and later voted against the proposal.

Aides to Nelson said Friday that the second vote came after he had additional time to review the amendment, and he became concerned about its impact on the national debt.

Nelson supports lowering AMT rates, but not this version, said spokeswoman Julie Edwards.

"As a fiscal conservative, Senator Nelson does not believe we can solve our nation's problems by borrowing even more money."

The AMT was created 40 years ago to ensure that the highest-income Americans could not avoid paying incomes taxes, but it has increasingly affected middle-income taxpayers because it was never indexed to inflation. Congress has struggled to craft a permanent solution.

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VP505 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:16 PM
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1. He votes with the Reptilians
so often that I have a hard time believing that he gives two shits about the National Debt. BTW, seems if he really cared about our debt he would help put an end to the Iraq occupation that's sucking up 12 Billion a month
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:17 PM
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2. The guy BRAGS about how much support he's given this administration.
That's all anyone needs to know about old Ben Nelson of Nebraska.
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