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Michael Bennet on Tax Reform

Democratic Presidential Challenger; CO Senator

 


Obama-Biden sequester made Bush tax cuts permanent

Q: How do you view the Obama Administration's implementation of sequestering the budget, which strictly limited budget growth?

V.P. Joe BIDEN: We needed to be able to keep the government from shutting down and going bankrupt. I got Mitch McConnell to raise taxes $600 billion by raising the top rate.

Sen. Michael BENNET: The deal that he talked about with Mitch McConnell was a complete victory for the Tea Party. It extended the Bush tax cuts permanently. The Democratic Party had been running against that for 10 years. We lost that economic argument, because that deal extended almost all those Bush tax cuts permanently and put in place the mindless cuts that we still are dealing with today that are called the sequester. That was a great deal for Mitch McConnell. It was a terrible deal for America.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) , Jun 27, 2019

Tax cuts for families; sponsored American Family Act

Bennet is a primary sponsor of the American Family Act, which would provide tax cuts for middle class families to help offset the cost of raising children in America.
Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020" , May 2, 2019

Cut taxes $12B on small businesses

When asked, "What would you do in Congress to create jobs and turn the economy around," both men said the key would be small businesses. Buck said, "As a leader in Washington DC, I would do everything that I can to make sure that our small business people have a lower tax burden. That those small business people know that we aren't going to pass cap and trade, and cause their energy bills to go up. That we aren't going to let regulators legislate in administrative settings rather than to have the United State Congress legislating. That we are going to give our small businesses the kind of stability that they need." To which Bennet fired back by saying, "Two weeks ago, I voted to cut taxes on small businesses in this country by $12 billion. And that bill was opposed by my opponent in this race."
Source: KKTV coverage of 2010 Colorado Senate debate , Oct 7, 2010

Open to compromise on temporarily extending Bush tax cuts

Both men emphasized their willingness to break from party orthodoxy. Bennet said that he'd be "open" to a compromise on "temporarily" extending the Bush tax cuts for wealthy Americans. Buck told the audience, "I will not swear allegiance to the Republican party in Washington, DC."
Source: ABC News coverage of 2010 Colorado Senate debate , Sep 12, 2010

Target tax cuts to struggling middle class families

We must engage in a fiscally smart tax policy. We should target tax cuts to those middle class families and small businesses that are struggling the most under the weight of this recession. At the same time, we must close tax loopholes that serve no purpose and simply allow some institutions to avoid paying their fair share.

None of this will be easy. These problems weren't created overnight, and they won't be solved overnight.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, bennetforcolorado.com "Issues" , Jul 2, 2009

Supports more federal taxes & keeping marriage penalty.

Bennet supports the CC survey questions on increasing taxes

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q11 on Aug 11, 2010

Supports increasing income tax rates.

Bennet supports the CC survey question on income taxes

The Christian Coalition Voter Guide inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Increase Federal Income Taxes or Income Tax Rates' The Christian Coalition notes, "You can help make sure that voters have the facts BEFORE they cast their votes. We have surveyed candidates in the most competitive congressional races on the issues that are important to conservatives."

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 16_CC11a on Nov 8, 2016

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