Federal Legislation
June 3, 2001

H.R. 4626—Encouraging Work and Supporting Marriage Act of 2002

Action Requested:
None at this time.

Background:
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to accelerate the marriage penalty relief in the standard deduction and to modify the work opportunity credit and the welfare-to-work credit.

Introduced May 1, 2002 by Rep. Amo Houghton (R-NY 31st).
Cosponsors

Status:
3/23/2001: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
5/1/2002: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.
5/2/2002: Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
5/2/2002: Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
5/14/2002: 3:49pm: Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Ways and Means.
5/21/2002: Mr. Weller moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
5/21/2002: Considered under suspension of the rules.
5/21/2002: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 409-1.
5/21/2002: 2:19pm: Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5/22/2002: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Bill Summary and Status

HSLDA's Position:
HSLDA supports H.R. 4626. On June 7, 2001 President Bush signed into law the marriage penalty tax relief act (H.R. 1836 and H.R. 6), which became Public Law No: 107-16. This new law amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by gradually reducing the marriage tax penalty, adjusting the standard deduction, the 15 percent rate bracket, and the earned income credit. The new law was set to begin after December 31, 2004. Now H.R. 4626 has been proposed in order to speed up this process. If agreed to by the Senate, H.R. 4626 would permit the marriage penalty tax relief to begin with all tax years after December 31, 2002.

 Other Resources

H.R. 4616 (pdf)

Action Release on H.R. 4090, the "Personal Responsibility, Work, and Family Promotion Act of 2002," and H.R. 4626, the "Encouraging Work and Supporting Marriage Act of 2002,"

H.R. 6-Marriage Penalty and Family Tax Relief Act of 2001 (Public Law No: 107-16)