Rep. Keith Ellison the lone Minnesota vote against tax extenders
December 3, 2014 — 6:41pm
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Keith Ellison was the only Minnesota House member Wednesday to vote against extending for one year more than 50 expired tax credits for special interests, individuals and businesses.
The tax-extenders package, which gives breaks for 2014, costs $44 billion a year and isn't "paid for" which means it contributes to the national debt. It includes a range of boons for both liberals and conservatives including tax breaks for state and local sales taxes paid and breaks for renewable fuels, wind production and medical research. The measure overwhelmingly passed the House Wednesday and heads to the Senate for a vote next week.
Ellison, a Democrat from Minneapolis, said in a statement Wednesday night he voted against it because it helps corporate America more than working America.
"The bill passed today does little for working families, but lots for corporations already booking big profits," he said.
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