John Raese To Launch “Save Coal” Tour In Logan County

Republican senate candidate John Raese will launch a “Save Coal” tour on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012.  The event will be held in the Stirrat Community Church parking lot – right next to the Stirrat Mine.  Alpha Natural Resources operates the Stirrat Mine and recently announced that they will be closing four coal mines and two preparation plants, including Stirrat.  The closures will put 150 West Virginians out of work, with nearly 300 others affected.

WHO:            Senate Candidate John Raese

WHAT:          Launch of Multi-Stop “Save Coal” Tour

WHEN:         11:00 AM, Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

WHERE:        Stirrat Community Church parking lot – located on Route 44 South (15 miles south of Logan)

For additional information on this event or any other event, please contact the Raese for Senate campaign, 304-594-0281.

Manchin Votes To Raise Taxes On West Virginia Small Businesses

Time and time again, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has voted with Barack Obama and against West Virginia. Since going to Washington two years ago, Manchin has voted in favor of Obamacare and President Obama’s failed stimulus. He did so despite campaign promises that would not.

Now he’s done it again. Yesterday, Joe Manchin voted with President Obama and the rest of his Democrat sugar daddies to raise taxes on hundreds of thousands of West Virginians.

Nearly 600,000 West Virginians benefit from the Bush tax cuts. Thanks to Joe Manchin’s vote yesterday West Virginia households stand to lose $1,187 in total disposable personal income.

Thanks to Manchin’s vote, West Virginia small businesses will be hit especially hard, which will seriously hinder job creation.

“Small businesses are the life blood of West Virginia’s economy and Joe Manchin should be sued for malpractice for this vote,” John Raese said. “Voting to increase taxes on small businesses in this economy can only mean one of two things: Joe Manchin is clueless or he just doesn’t care about job creators. Sadly, I think it might be both.”



Background


MANCHIN: “I Wouldn’t Raise Any Taxes.” (Trish Turner, “Another Democrat Says Extend All Bush Tax Cuts,” FoxNews.com, 09/15/10)

In West Virginia, The Tax Cuts Have Given Tax Relief To 598,000 People. (“2008 Tax Relief Kit,” U.S. Department Of Treasury, Office Of Tax Policy)

As A Result Of The Tax Cuts:

  • 197,000 taxpayers in West Virginia saw a reduction in their marriage penalty tax.
  • 160,000 taxpayers in West Virginia saw an increase in their child tax credit.
  • 104,000 taxpayers in West Virginia saw a reduction in their capital gains and dividends taxes. (“2008 Tax Relief Kit,” U.S. Department Of Treasury, Office Of Tax Policy)

According To The Heritage Foundation, From 2011 To 2020, The State Of West Virginia Would:

  • Lose, on average, 3,712 jobs annually.
  • Lose, per household, $1,187 in total disposable personal income.
  • See total individual income taxes increase by $1,610 million.  (The Heritage Foundation, www.heritage.org, Accessed 10/6/10)

SMALL BUSINESSES WILL BE HIT IF THE 2001 & 2003 TAX CUTS EXPIRE

“Small Businesses Hit Hard: Small Businesses That Employ The Most Workers Would Be Particularly Hard-Hit If The Top Income Tax Rates Go Up.” (“Obama’s Tax Plan: Bad For Economic Growth,” FactSheet #68, The Heritage Foundation, 7/13/10)

“[M]any Business Groups Favor Extending All The Breaks, Contending That Increasing Tax Rates Will Hit Small Businesses Hard.” (Martin Vaughan and John D. McKinnon, “Democrats Dissent On Bush Cuts,” The Wall Street Journal, 7/22/10)

“Obama’s Plan: . . . Hike Taxes On Small Businesses And Families Earning More Than $250,000.” (“Obama’s Tax Plan: Bad For Economic Growth,” FactSheet #68, The Heritage Foundation, 7/13/10)

“Tax Hikes Won’t Create Jobs Either: Tax Hikes On High-Income Earners Will Cause The Most Productive Small Businesses That Provide Jobs For The Vast Majority Of Workers To Cut Back On Hiring. Higher Taxes On High-Income Earners Will Also Slow Investment, Which Will Further Inhibit Job Creation.”(“Obama’s Tax Plan: Bad For Economic Growth,” FactSheet #68, The Heritage Foundation, 7/13/10)

“‘The Combination Of The High Dividend Tax Rate And High Corporate Tax Rate Raise Serious Concerns Over The Competitiveness For The U.S. As A Place To Locate Investment,’ [Tax Foundation Senior Fellow Robert] Carroll Said. ‘By injecting tax considerations into investment decisions, the double tax reduces the productive capacity of the U.S. economy and serves, ultimately, to reduce the living standards of U.S. citizens.’” (Tax Foundation, “Tax Foundation Report Shows Harmful Effects of Higher Dividend Tax Rates,” Press Release, 6/7/10)

Heritage Foundation: Making The Tax Cuts Permanent For All Taxpayers Is The Best Way Congress Can Help Reverse Economic Trends. “The economy continues to struggle and private businesses are still hesitant to add new workers. The best way Congress can help reverse these ominous trends right now is to make permanent the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for all taxpayers.” (“Obama’s Tax Plan: Bad For Economic Growth,” FactSheet #68, The Heritage Foundation, 7/13/10)

According To A Former CBO Director, Imposing Higher Taxes On The Upper-Income Brackets Would Be Bad For Job-Creating Small Businesses, Which Often Pay Taxes Under The Individual Income Tax Code, Potentially Reducing Small Business Hiring By 18%. “Since households and governments are tapped out, nothing should be allowed to impede the chances for business spending, which is the best hope for generating future economic growth, according to Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Congressional Budget Office director who now runs a Republican think tank. Holtz-Eakin believes that imposing higher taxes on those in the upper-income brackets would be bad for many job-creating small businesses, which often pay taxes under the individual income tax code. He calculates that an increase in the top rate could reduce small business hiring by 18%.” (Jeanne Sahadi, “Tax Hikes For The Rich: Can The Economy Afford Them?” CNNMoney.com, 7/26/10)

“‘Allowing The Tax Cuts To Expire For High-Income Filers All At Once Next Year Would Be Taking Too Large A Risk With The Fragile Recovery,’ Said Economist Mark Zandi, Who Has Served As A Consultant To Members Of Both Parties.” (Jeanne Sahadi, “Tax Hikes For The Rich: Can The Economy Afford Them?” CNNMoney.com, 7/26/10)

NOTE: “[75] Percent Of Small Businesses Are Structured As Pass Through Entities, They Pay Their Business Taxes At The Individual Level.” (NFIB, “The Top Ten Reasons ‘America’s Affordable Health Choices Act Of 2009’ Is The Wrong Approach For Small Business,” www.nfib.com, Accessed 9/19/10)

Personal Income Taxes Are Essentially The Same Thing As Small Business Taxes. “Unlike corporations, small businesses usually don’t pay their own taxes.  Rather, business profits flow through to the business owner.  The business owner pays taxes on her small business by adding the profits to her income tax form.  Therefore, personal income taxes are the same thing as small business taxes.” (Ryan Ellis, “Majority Of Small Business Sector Facing Higher Taxes Under Obama Plan,” Americans For Tax Reform, 7/26/10)

“According To The IRS, Most Small Business Profits Pay Taxes In Households Making More Than $200,000 Per Year. The IRS keeps track of two types of small business income: sole proprietors, and ‘pass-through’ entities like partnerships and S-corporations.” (Ryan Ellis, “Majority Of Small Business Sector Facing Higher Taxes Under Obama Plan,” Americans For Tax Reform, 7/26/10)

“A Majority Of Small Business Profits Will Face A Tax Hike Under The Obama-Pelosi-Reid Plan.” “There were 30 million tax returns reporting small business income in 2008.  On net (profits reduced by losses), these owners reported business profits of $981 billion.  A large chunk of this net profit–$488 billion—faced taxation in households making more than $200,000 per year.  A majority of small business profits will face a tax rate hike under the Obama-Pelosi-Reid plan.” (Ryan Ellis, “Majority Of Small Business Sector Facing Higher Taxes Under Obama Plan,” Americans For Tax Reform, 7/26/10)

“34 Percent Of Sole Proprietor Profits Will Face A Tax Rate Hike Under The Obama-Pelosi-Reid Tax Hike Plan.” “There were 22 million tax returns reporting sole proprietor income in 2008.  On net (profits reduced by losses), these owners reported business profits of $264 billion.  A large chunk of this net profit–$90 billion—faced taxation in households making more than $200,000 per year.  34 percent of sole proprietor profits will face a tax rate hike under the Obama-Pelosi-Reid tax hike plan.” (Ryan Ellis, “Majority Of Small Business Sector Facing Higher Taxes Under Obama Plan,” Americans For Tax Reform, 7/26/10)

“55 Percent Of S-Corporation And Partnership Profits Will Face A Tax Rate Hike Under The Obama-Pelosi-Reid Tax Hike Plan.” “There were 8 million partners and S-corporation shareholders in 2008.  On net (profits reduced by losses), these owners reported business profits of $717 billion.  A majority of this profit–$398 billion—faced taxation in households making more than $200,000 per year.  55 percent of S-corporation and partnership profits will face a tax rate hike under the Obama-Pelosi-Reid tax hike plan.” (Ryan Ellis, “Majority Of Small Business Sector Facing Higher Taxes Under Obama Plan,” Americans For Tax Reform, 7/26/10)

NFIB: Making Permanent The Tax Cuts Passed In 2001 And 2003 “Would Be Especially Helpful To Approximately 85 Percent Of Small Businesses That File Tax Returns As Individuals.” (National Federation Of Independent Business,www.nfib.com, Accessed 9/19/10)

Manchin Sides With Barack Obama, Will Vote to Increase Taxes on Small Businesses

“Another day, another flip flop by Joe Manchin. Whether it is Obamacare, President Obama’s failed stimulus, or cap and trade, Manchin has been consistently inconsistent and repeatedly pulls a bait and switch on West Virginians,” John Raese said. “The last thing we need to do when our economy is struggling is raise taxes on anyone, particularly small businesses. Manchin-Obama policies have handcuffed job creators and it is time for new, principled, leadership in Washington.”

Joe Manchin Then and Now: Taxes

THEN:

While campaigning for Senate in 2010, Joe Manchin said he “wouldn’t raise any taxes”:

Manchin: “I Wouldn’t Raise Any Taxes.” (Trish Turner, “Another Democrat Says Extend All Bush Tax Cuts,” FoxNews.com, 09/15/10)

He said he wouldn’t “mess with or increase” taxes:

Manchin Said He Wouldn’t “Mess With Or Increase” Taxes During A Time Of Turmoil. “Manchin, however, said he wouldn’t ‘mess with or increase’ taxes during a time of turmoil and touted his own ability to cut taxes by $235 million since he took office. ‘We have a proven record that it works,’ he said.”(Vicki Smith, “Raese, Manchin Clash On Earmarks, Health Care,” The Associated Press, 10/19/10)

In the 2010 campaign Manchin said that “tax cuts should be extended for all Americans”:

Manchin Said The Tax Cuts Should Be Extended For All Americans, Regardless Of Income. “Gov. Joe Manchin agrees with congressional Republicans and some Democrats who want to keep Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. In an indication that he would break with President Obama’s agenda on a key issue, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate on Wednesday said he believes the tax breaks should be extended for all Americans, regardless of income – at least until the country gets its ‘financial house in order.’ ‘I think there’s so much waste,’ Manchin said in a phone interview. ‘I think there’s so much bloated growth.’” (Alison Knezevich, “Manchin Supports Extending Bush-Era Tax Cuts For Wealthy,” Charleston Gazette, 9/16/10)

NOW:

“Manchin to vote with Dems on taxes” (Daniel Strauss, “Manchin to vote with Dems on taxes,” The Hill, 7/24/12)

“Manchin said he will join Democrats in voting to extend the rates for income up to $250,000 a year. The Democratic legislation would allow Bush-era rates on higher annual income to expire. Republicans want to extend all the rates for another year.” (Daniel Strauss, “Manchin to vote with Dems on taxes,” The Hill, 7/24/12)

“Manchin had previously voted against the Democratic proposal.” (Daniel Strauss, “Manchin to vote with Dems on taxes,” The Hill, 7/24/12)

West Virginians for Life PAC Endorses John Raese for US Senate

Today, the West Virginians for Life Political Action Committee (WVL PAC) announced their endorsement of John Raese for the 2012 General Election to the U.S. Senate.

WVL PAC is the internal PAC for West Virginians for Life (WVFL), the state pro-life organization. WVFL is affiliated with the National Right to Life Committee and through both education and legislation is working to build a society where all human life is respected, from conception until natural death.

“We commend John Raese for his long-standing commitment to the pro-life cause, especially to the unborn, the elderly and those with disabilities,” said Dr. Wanda Franz, President of West Virginians for Life PAC.

Raese was honored to receive the endorsement.

“It is an honor to receive the endorsement of West Virginians for Life. Life is God’s greatest gift and I will never stop fighting for the rights of the unborn child,” Raese said. “Joe Manchin has made a career out of saying one thing in West Virginia and doing another in Washington, but the jig is up and it is time for us to send someone to Washington who always stands up for the right to life.”

Each year, hundreds of millions of tax dollars are given to Planned Parenthood, which is America’s largest abortion provider, reporting over 300,000 abortions per year. When given the opportunity to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood, Joe Manchin gave into the pro-abortion lobby and voted against the amendment. He also voted against repealing the Obama Health Care Plan and against blocking funding for the Obama Health Care Law. Senator Manchin has abandoned his pro-life principles and is now 0 for 3 (or 0%) when it comes to voting pro-life since becoming a U.S. Senator.

West Virginians for Life, the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee, is the state’s largest pro-life group with more than 35 local chapters. WVFL works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia.

MANCHIN VOTED AGAINST CUTTING OFF FEDERAL FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD

In 2011, Manchin Voted Against A Resolution That Would Have Stripped Government Funding From Planned Parenthood. “Adoption of the concurrent resolution that would direct the House clerk to make a correction in the enrollment of a bill (HR 1473) to provide $1.055 trillion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2011, and insert a section that would bar the use of funds made available in the bill to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. or its affiliates.” (H. Con. Res. 36, CQ Vote #60: Rejected 42-58: R 42-5; D 0-51; I 0-2, 4/14/11, Manchin Voted Nay)

PRO-LIFE GROUPS STRONGLY SUPPORTED ENDING FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD

National Right To Life: “With The Millions Of Dollars That Planned Parenthood Makes Every Year It Is Past Time That The Government Cut Off The Funding Of This Organization Whose Primary Business Is Abortion, And Abhorrent To The Majority Of Americans Forced To Support It With Tax Dollars.” (Rose Mimms and Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D., “De-Fund Planned Parenthood Now,” National Right To Life Website, www.nationalrighttolifenews.org, Accessed 5/16/11)

MANCHIN HAS CONTINUALLY SUPPORTED PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND VOTED WITH OBAMA TO APPOINT PRO-ABORTION LEADERS.

Susan Carney Confirmed 71-28 U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals – Manchin Voted Yea. “Confirmation of President Obama’s nomination of Susan L. Carney of Connecticut to be a judge for the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.” (CQ Vote #71: Confirmed by a vote of 71-28: R 19-28; D 51-0; I 1-0, 5/17/11, Manchin Voted Yea)

Conservatives opposed Carney because she was Director of a Pro-Abortion Political Action Committee, among other reasons. http://judicialactiongroup.org/content/jprofiles/30427/Susan%20L.%20Carney

Carney was previously the Director of a Pro-Abortion Political Action Committee and has a history of supporting Pro-Abortion Organizations.

Carney Was Director of a Pro-Abortion Political Action Committee. From 1998 to 2008 Carney worked as Director of “Women Organizing Women PAC,” a pro-abortion organization that funds campaigns of pro-abortion candidates.[2] In short, Carney spent ten years of her legal career as director of a political group whose sole purpose was to apply a pro-abortion litmus test before supporting political candidates. This extreme and long-term political activism creates an overwhelming appearance of bias on issues of social concern that would come before her court.

Carney Was Director of a Pro Gay Marriage Political Group. Carney worked as Director of “Fine by Me” a pro-gay organization that is now a special project of the Atticus Circle[3] which supports gay marriage and the sanction of gays in the military.[4] With the issue of gay marriage being debated in so many states and with the recent repeal of the so-called “DADT” it is likely that Carney would be called upon to hear cases involving the definition of marriage and issues impacting “gay policy.” Carney’s extreme and long-term political activism creates an overwhelming appearance of bias on issues of social concern that would come before her court.

Carney Has a Substantial History of Financial Support for Pro-Abortion Organizations. Carney has supported: (1) Planned Parenthood, (2) NARAL Pro-Choice America, which is against all parental notification laws[5] and for federal funding of abortions,[6] (3) National Organization of Women, a pro-abortion organization, (4) Center for Reproductive Rights,[7] and (5) The National Woman’s Law Center an organization that is fighting against barriers to abortions such as individual pharmacist and doctors who are morally opposed to abortion refusing to provide abortion services.[8] Her history of financial support for numerous pro-abortion organization, coupled with her long-term role as director of a pro-abortion political groups creates an overwhelming appearance of bias on issues of social concern that would come before her court.

McConnell was previously the Director of the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Providence, RI.

John McConnell Confirmed 50-44 U.S. District Court Rhode Island – Manchin Voted Yea. “Confirmation of President Obama’s nomination of John J. McConnell Jr. of Rhode Island to be a judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island.” (CQ Vote #66: Confirmed by a vote of 50-44: R 0-44; D 48-0; I 2-0, 5/4/11, Manchin Voted Yea)

Republicans opposed McConnell because he was the director of the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Providence, R.I., among other reasons. (http://judicialactiongroup.org/content/john-mcconnell)

The GOA also opposed McConnell’s nomination. (http://www.capwiz.com/gunowners/issues/alert/?alertid=45080506)

McConnell was Director of the Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic in Providence Rhode Island. From 1997 to 2001 McConnell was Director of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island,[i] an abortion clinic operated under the umbrella of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. The facility he managed conducts actual surgical abortions up to 5weeks 15 days following conception, and offers early-term pregnancy abortions by pill.[ii] This abortion facility even offers financial assistance for those who meet “eligibility requirements,”[iii] and aids minors in obtaining “judicial bypass” for an abortion when their parents will not provide consent.[iv]

McConnell Supports Organizations Who Support Homosexual Marriage and Oppose Conservative Politicians. McConnell has been a member of the Southern Poverty Law Center since 1989.[xii] The SPLC has labeled traditional family value groups such as the Family Research Council as “hate groups”[xiii] and lumps them together with groups such as the Aryan Nation, the New Black Panther Party, the Nation of Islam, and the Klu Klux Klan.[xiv] They similarly list Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Steve King as ‘extremists’ alongside white supremacist and neo-Nazi leaders.[xv] The organization also calls Rep. Michele Bachmann an ‘enabler’ for extremist groups and claims that she “can give even the most paranoid militiaman a run for his money.”[xvi]

McConnell Directed the George Wiley Center – an Organization with Close Ties to ACORN. McConnell served as Director (uncompensated) of the George Wiley Center (named after one of the founders of ACORN) from ‘85-’88.[viii] The Wiley Center’s newsletters show regular coordination between the two groups, repeatedly referring to ACORN as their “allies,”[ix] and indicates that they worked together to organize protesters[x] and co-sponsor events.[xi] However, any financial ties and the exact extent of their collaboration remain largely unclear.

ICYMI: Gutless Joe Refuses To Comment On Obamacare, Bush Tax Cuts

MORGANTOWN, WV – On Monday, President Obama held a press conference where he called for a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 a year. West Virginia’s junior Senator, Joe Manchin, said nothing in response.

Today, the House is set to vote on full repeal of Obamacare and Gutless Joe again refuses to say anything on the subject. From The Weekly Standard:

“Manchin refused to answer a question about his position on repealing part or all of Obamacare this afternoon outside the Senate chamber. Asked by THE WEEKLY STANDARD if he supported repealing any part of the 2010 health care law, Manchin then stepped into an elevator with retiring Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who laughed as the elevator doors closed.

Soon after the Supreme Court ruling in June that upheld most of the health care law, Manchin released a statement calling for Congress to take ‘additional action to repair the law, fixing what is wrong…and saving what is right.’”

The article went on to say:

“Manchin was also unresponsive when asked by TWS if he supported the president’s proposal to raise taxes on those making over $250,000 a year.”

How long will Joe Manchin refuse to tell West Virginians where he stands on the most pressing issues of our time? If history is our guide, it won’t be anytime soon.

“West Virginia small businesses deserve certainty in their tax code. As their senator, I will fight for the permanent extension of all the Bush tax cuts, period,” Republican senate candidate John Raese said. “Joe Manchin has made a career out of saying one thing in West Virginia and doing another in Washington. West Virginia deserves real leadership. West Virgnia deserves better than Joe Manchin.”

West Virginia Joe Vs. Washington Joe: Manchin loves to say one thing in West Virginia, then do another in Washington

Manchin On Obamacare

During His Campaign For Senate, West Virginia Claimed He Would Not Have Voted For The Health Care Bill…

June 2010: “As For Health Care Reform, ‘I’m Not Sure They Got This Bill Right’ But Action Was Required, Manchin Said. ‘We’ve Got To Monitor It And Make Sure It Works.’” (George Hohmann, “Thomas Celebrates Pavilion Opening,” The Charleston [WV] Daily Mail, 6/10/10)
September 18, 2010, Manchin: “I Wouldn’t Have Voted For The Final Version Of That Thing With The Way That It Came Out.” (Alison Knezevich, “Manchin Health Record Mixed,” Charleston [WV] Gazette, 9/18/10)
September 26, 2010, Manchin Says He Supports “Repealing The Things That Are Bad In That Bill.” “Pressed on his support for repeal, Manchin clarified that he favored ‘repealing the things that are bad in that bill.’”  (Erin McPike and Scott Conroy, “Manchin Calls For Partial Repeal Of Health Reform,” Real Clear Politics, 9/27/10)

But Washignton Joe Voted For Obamacare Numerous Times…

Manchin Voted Against Repealing The Health Care Law

In February 2011, Manchin Voted Against Repeal Of The Health Care Law. “McConnell, R-Ky., motion to waive the Budget Act and budget resolutions with respect to the Conrad, D-N.D., point of order against the McConnell amendment no. 13 that would repeal the 2010 health care overhaul law, which requires most individuals to buy health insurance by 2014, makes changes to government health care programs and sets new requirements for health insurers. The amendment would restore the provisions of law amended or repealed by the health care overhaul, and repeal certain provisions of the healthcare reconciliation law.” (S. 223, CQ Vote #9: Motion rejected 47-51: R 47-0; D 0-50; I 0-1, 2/2/11, Manchin Voted Nay)

Manchin Voted Against Defunding The Health Care Law

In April 2011, Manchin Voted Against A Resolution That Would Have Defunded The Health Care Law. “Adoption of the concurrent resolution that would direct the House clerk to make a correction in the enrollment of a bill (HR 1473) to provide $1.055 trillion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2011, and insert a section that would bar the use of funds made available in the bill to carry out the provisions of the 2010 health care overhaul law.” (H. Con. Res. 35, CQ Vote #59: Rejected 47-53: R 47-0; D 0-51; I 0-2, 4/14/11, Manchin Voted Nay)

Manchin On The Bush Tax Cuts

In 2010, Joe Manchin Promised West Virginians He “Wouldn’t Raise Any Taxes”

Manchin: “I Wouldn’t Raise Any Taxes.” (Trish Turner, “Another Democrat Says Extend All Bush Tax Cuts,” FoxNews.com, 09/15/10)
Manchin Said He Wouldn’t “Mess With Or Increase” Taxes During A Time Of Turmoil. “Manchin, however, said he wouldn’t ‘mess with or increase’ taxes during a time of turmoil and touted his own ability to cut taxes by $235 million since he took office. ‘We have a proven record that it works,’ he said.” (Vicki Smith, “Raese, Manchin Clash On Earmarks, Health Care,” The Associated Press, 10/19/10)
Manchin Said The Tax Cuts Should Be Extended For All Americans, Regardless Of Income. “Gov. Joe Manchin agrees with congressional Republicans and some Democrats who want to keep Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. In an indication that he would break with President Obama’s agenda on a key issue, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate on Wednesday said he believes the tax breaks should be extended for all Americans, regardless of income – at least until the country gets its ‘financial house in order.’ ‘I think there’s so much waste,’ Manchin said in a phone interview. ‘I think there’s so much bloated growth.’” (Alison Knezevich, “Manchin Supports Extending Bush-Era Tax Cuts For Wealthy,” Charleston Gazette, 9/16/10)

But, Just Two Short Months Later, Manchin Voted Not To Fully Extend The Republican Tax Cuts

In 2010, Manchin Voted For Cloture On A Bill That Would Have Let The Republican Tax Cuts Expire On Incomes Over $1 Million. “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Reid, D-Nev., motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment with a further Schumer, D-N.Y., substitute amendment no. 4728 that would generally make permanent the 2001- and 2003-enacted tax cuts on income up to $1 million. The extensions would include current lower tax rates for capital gains and dividends, elimination of the ‘marriage penalty’ and an expansion of the increased child tax credit. It also would extend unemployment insurance benefits for one year.” (H.R. 4853, CQ Vote #259: Motion rejected 53-37: R 0-32; D 52-4; I 1-1, 12/4/10, Manchin Voted Yea)

Manchin Opposed A Bill Permanently Extending The Tax Cuts, And Repealing The Estate Tax

Manchin Voted Against A Bill That Would Have Permanently Extended The Republican Tax Cuts For All Income Levels, And Permanently Repealed The Estate Tax. “DeMint, R-S.C., motion to suspend Rule 22 to permit the consideration of a DeMint substitute amendment no. 4804 that would permanently extend 2001 and 2003 tax rates for all income levels. It also would provide for the permanent higher exemptions from the alternative minimum tax and permanent repeal of the estate tax.” (H.R. 4853, CQ Vote #274: Motion rejected 37-63: R 36-6; D 1-55; I 0-2, 12/15/10, Manchin Voted Nay)

Manchin Eventually Caved And Voted For The Tax Cut Compromise

Manchin Voted For The Compromise Package That Extended All Of The Bush Tax Cuts For Two Years. “Reid, D-Nev., motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment with a further Reid and McConnell, R-Ky., substitute amendment no. 4753 that would extend the 2001- and 2003-enacted tax cuts for all taxpayers for two years, as well as revive the lapsed estate tax at a 35 percent rate on estates worth more than $5 million. It also would continue expended unemployment insurance benefits for 13 months.” (H.R. 4853, CQ Vote #276: Motion agreed to 81-19: R 37-5; D 43-13; I 1-1, 12/15/10, Manchin Voted Yea)

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