Ciro Rodriguez on Taxes

Last Updated : Aug 11, 2010

Summary

Congressman Rodriguez voted in favor of some of the Bush tax cuts and against others. He voted against eliminating the estate tax, otherwise known as the death tax. He has not supported legislation to force a balanced budget.

 

Campaign Website Statements

Fiscal Responsibility
Congressman Rodriguez believes that hard-working taxpayers deserve to have representatives who watch out for the bottom line. That’s why he has supported major legislation to rein in congressional spending and ensure that Congress learns to live within a budget, just like working families do.

Making Congress account for every dollar through the Pay-as-You-Go legislation, originally started under President Ronald Reagan. For every dollar spent, there must be a corresponding dollar that is cut or saved. Congressman Rodriguez was one of 169 sponsors on this bill, which holds Congress accountable.

Congressman Rodriguez was one of only a handful of Democrats who voted “NO” to the $700 billion bailout of banks, known as TARP (the Troubled Assets Relief Program). Too many banks took the government money while giving out million dollar bonuses to executives. Congressman Rodriguez also voted “NO” to the $80 billion bailout of GM and Chrysler.

“The American people are the ones who need help, not big banks and automakers,” Congressman Rodriguez said. “Creating jobs, supporting small businesses, and lending a hand to working families – that is how we will recover from these challenging economic times.”

 

Voting Record

Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008

The Alternative Minimum Tax was created to tax wealthy individuals who were exploiting loopholes to avoid paying taxes. It was not indexed to inflation and now affects many more families than it was intended. Congress regularly applies "fixes" to the law in the form of yearly adjustments. Sometimes they attempt to repeal it completely. In 2008, the house voted on the Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008. The bill was had the objectives of increasing and extending through 2008 the alternative minimum tax (AMT) exemption amounts, and extending through 2008 the offset of certain nonrefundable personal tax credits against regular and AMT tax liability. This change would have brought in less revenue and that was to be offset by lowering the tax deductions for oil companies. The bill was supported by most Democrats and opposed by most Republicans. While it passed the house, it never came up for a vote in the Senate. Ciro Rodriguez voted in favor of the Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008.

Ciro Rodriguez voted in favor of the Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008.

AMT Relief Act of 2007

The AMT Relief Act of 2007 sought to apply a fix to the AMT, and offset those costs by taxing gross income from overseas companies. Most Democrats supported the legislation and most Republicans opposed it and the bill passed the house, but was not brought up for a vote in the Senate. Ciro Rodriguez voted in favor of the AMT Relief Act of 2007.

Ciro Rodriguez voted in favor of the AMT Relief Act of 2007.

Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2007

In 2007, congress passed legislation to apply a temporary fix. Most Democrats supported the legislation and all Republicans opposed it on the grounds that it violated PAYGO. Ciro Rodriguez voted in favor of the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2007.

Ciro Rodriguez voted in favor of the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2007.

Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004

The Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 extended the 10 percent bracket on income tax created in the 2001 legislation, doubled the child tax credit, extended the previous AMT exemption and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. The legislation was widely supported and passed 339-65. Ciro Rodriguez cast a "No Vote"

American Jobs Creation Act of 2004

The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 allowed individuals to claim a deduction for state and local sales taxes paid, in lieu of deducting state income taxes. It also increased tax credits for business investment abroad, and temporarily increased the expensing provisions for corporations. The bill passed 251-178 with the support and opposition of both parties. Ciro Rodriguez voted against the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004.

Ciro Rodriguez voted against the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004.

A bill to end the marriage penalty

In 2004, the house voted on a bill to fix the marriage penalty tax. The bill increased the standard deduction for married taxpayers and increased the deducitons for the 15 percent bracket. The bill got wide support in the vote and passed with only 1/3 of the Democrats opposing it. The bill was not brought up for a vote in the Senate. Ciro Rodriguez voted in favor of ending the marriage penalty.

Ciro Rodriguez voted in favor of ending the marriage penalty.

Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003

In the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief reconciliation Act of 2003 tax rates on realized capital gains received by individual shareholders were reduced from 10 percent (for taxpayers in tax brackets where the ordinary income tax rate was 15 percent or below) and 20 percent (for all other brackets) to 5 percent and 15 percent, respectively, through 2007 and to 0 and 15 percent in 2008. It also adjusted the AMT exemption limit, expanded the child tax credit, and accelerated some of the earlier aspects of the previous laws. The bill was supported by Republicans and opposed by Democrats, and passed in a 222-203 vote. Ciro Rodriguez voted against the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003.

Ciro Rodriguez voted against the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003.

Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002

The main provision of the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002 was to create a bonus depreciation. This bonus depreciation allowed firms to claim extra deductions for depreciation of a long-term physical capital investment during the early years. This reduces corporate profits and therefore taxes. The act was supported by Republicans and opposed by Democrats 85-9. Ciro Rodriguez voted in favor of the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002.

Ciro Rodriguez voted in favor of the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002.

Death Tax Elimination Act of 2001

In 2001, the house voted on legislation to end the "Death Tax", otherwise known as the Estate Tax, which applies a tax to estates large than a given amount. The bill passed the house with the support of almost all Republicans and about 1/4 of the Democrats. Ciro Rodriguez voted against the Death Tax Elimination Act of 2001.

Ciro Rodriguez voted against the Death Tax Elimination Act of 2001.

Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001

The first piece of legislation was passed in 2001 as the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 The act was especially sweeping. Its two most prominent changes were a phased-in reduction in income tax rates and a reduction and eventual repeal (at the beginning of 2010) of the estate tax. It also provided a wide range of tax breaks for education, families with children, married couples, and contributions to certain kinds of savings accounts. While all republicans voted in favor of this legislation, most democrats opposed it. Ciro Rodriguez voted against the EGTRRA of 2001.

Ciro Rodriguez voted against the EGTRRA of 2001.

Marriage Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2000

In 2000, the house voted on a bill to fix the marriage penalty tax. The bill increased the standard deduction for married taxpayers and increased the deducitons for the 15 percent bracket. The bill got wide support in the vote and passed with only 1/3 of the Democrats opposing it. The bill was vetoed by the President.

Death Tax Elimination Act of 2000

The house also attempted to pass a repeal of the Death Tax in 2000. This time, the bill was supported by almost all Republicans and by about 1/4 of the Democrats. The bill was vetoed by the President. Ciro Rodriguez voted against the Death Tax Elimination Act of 2000.

Ciro Rodriguez voted against the Death Tax Elimination Act of 2000.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 1552; Start Up Expenses - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to increase in taxable years beginning in 2009, 2010, or 2011: (1) the limit on the tax deduction for trade or business start-up expenditures from $5,000 to $20,000; and (2) the threshold amount for reducing such limit.

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