Alexandria, VA – 60 Plus Association Chairman and Founder Jim Martin today launched an effort to bring a Senate vote on repealing the estate tax. Martin is urging 60 Plus members to contact their respective senators, demanding the Senate follow the lead of the House of Representatives and vote to repeal the tax.
The House of Representatives voted 240-179 last year to repeal the estate tax, which included votes from seven Democrats in favor of eliminating what Martin called, “an unfair and immoral tax,” and he issued a call for people to telephone their senators when Congress returns to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, September 6.
“I’m asking everyone to pick up the phone and let their senators know they want a straight-up vote on Senator John Thunes’s bill to repeal the death tax,” said Martin. “Beginning September 6, we need to light up the Capitol Hill switchboards with calls from thousands of people who are fed up with congressional inaction on this important issue.”
Sen. Thune’s proposal is identical to that of Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), which passed the House with bipartisan support in 2015. A Senate vote in favor of ending the estate tax would result in sending the measure to the White House for action by President Obama.
“Fewer and fewer family farms and businesses remain family businesses because of the death tax,” said Martin. “Abolishing the death tax would help small business thrive and create more jobs. Killing the death tax shows the world that small business matters in America.”
The telephone number for the congressional switchboard is (202) 224-3121, which can connect callers to the offices of their senators. Martin urged people to call their representatives beginning Monday, September 6 to make their voices heard, saying, “Believe me, the Senate will listen if we flood their phones,” said Martin. “It’s a simple and effective way of making sure the people we send to Washington understand that we have had it with this onerous, job-killing tax.”