Scott Brown on Taxes

Last Updated : Sep 26, 2012

Summary

2010 Campaign

As part of his 2010 campaign, Scott Brown noted in videos that he viewed lower taxation as the best model for economic growth. He voiced opposition to the common Massachusetts thinking that the decision on how to balance budgets is which taxes to raise as opposed to whether they should be raised at all.

Payroll Tax Cut

In March of 2010, Senator Brown proposed legislation to allow people to keep 3% of the their paychecks that normally goes to pay Social Security for a period of six months. He proposed using the remaining funds from the Stimulus to offset the deficit this would make. He stated that the legislation would allow Americans to spend their own money and that this was a better stimulus than the "slush fund" created from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The Bush Tax Cuts

In 2011, Senator Brown suppported a compromise that extended all the Bush tax cuts. He stated that it will help get our economy back on track by allowing people to keep more of the money they earn, and was good for American families, for small businesses and for individuals in Massachusetts and across the country.

Withholding Repeal

In 2011, Senator Brown introduced legislation to repeal the 2005 provision requiring federal, state and local governments spending more than $100 million per year on purchases of goods and service to withhold three percent from all payments to contractors and vendors and remit those funds to the IRS. The funds are then be applied towards the contactors’ and vendors’ federal income tax liabilities.

 

Campaign Video - Economy and Taxes

In two campaign videos, Scott Brown asserts that the economy is strongest when taxes are lowest and that although government has a role to play it also needs to know when to step out of the way. He opposed the idea that raising taxes to make up the deficit and supported the idea that cutting taxes promotes economic growth.

 

Tax Relief for America's Workers Amendment

In March of 2010, Senator Brown introduced an amendment relating to taxes. He issued a press statement noting the highlights of the legislation and spoke on the floor of the Senate about the legislation.

 

Floor Speech on Payroll Tax Cut

On March 4, 2010 Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor to introduce his legislation to provide a payroll tax cut for all Americans and use the stimulu funds to make up the deficit.

 

Repealing Medical Device Tax

 In March of 2010, Senator Brown released a press statement noting his cosponsorship of legislation to repeal the medical device tax.

 

2010 Tax Compromise - Extending the Bush Tax Cuts

In March of 2010, Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor noting his intention to vote for cloture although he does not support the legislation. He stated that he was voting for cloture to move the process along, but that he would not be supporting the end legislation in its current form. He stated that he opposed the bill on the grounds that it added to the debt and noted that allowing the bill to move forward may fix these problems in the House and full Senate. 

 

Statement on Tax and Unemployment Compromise

In September of 2010, Senator Brown released a press statement noting that the proposed package did noting to help the country and only increased the debt.

 

Support for Full Extension

In December of 2010, Senator Brown responded to the final passage of the tax compromise with a press statement noting his support for the extension.

 

Withholding Tax Repeal

On November 7, 2011 Senator Brown spoke on the Senate floor in support of the withholding tax repeal. The bill would repeal the provision requiring federal, state and local governments spending more than $100 million per year on purchases of goods and service to withhold three percent from all payments to contractors and vendors and remit those funds to the IRS. The funds are then be applied towards the contactors’ and vendors’ federal income tax liabilities.

 

2012 Campaign Website Statements

 

Voting Record

Continue Bush Tax Cuts for all Except top Earners

On July 25, 2012 the Senate voted on legislation to extend all of the Bush tax cuts with the exception of those earning more than $200,000 or couples earning more than $250,000. The measure passed 51-48 along mostly party lines. It was largely symbolic as tax bills are not legal unless they originate in the House. Scott Brown voted against extending the Bush Tax Cuts for all except the highest earners.

Scott Brown voted against extending the Bush Tax Cuts for all except the highest earners.

Continue All Bush Tax Cuts

On July 25, 2012 the Senate voted on an amendment to legislation to extend all of the Bush tax cuts. The measure failed 45-54 along mostly party lines. It was largely symbolic as tax bills are not legal unless they originate in the House. Scott Brown voted against extending all Bush Tax cuts.

Scott Brown voted against extending all Bush Tax cuts.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

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