Congressman Kevin Brady’s Death Tax Legislation reached the magic number of 218 cosponsors recently and The Seniors Coalition had a big part in the final push. After a recent hearing on ways to curtail fraud in Social Security, held by Chairman Brady’s Subcommittee on Health, Seniors Coalition’s Executive Director Sean Ferritor had the opportunity to briefly discuss the Congressman’s bill H.R. 2429, The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013.
“After the hearing, I wanted to thank the Congressman for his leadership on a myriad of seniors’ issues and when I mentioned to Chairman Brady that The Seniors Coalition has been tracking members that had signed onto his bill in previous Congresses but not the current one, he immediately asked me to get that information to his staff,” states Executive Director Sean Ferritor. “It was really a no brainer, this isn’t an issue you waiver on from Congress to Congress,” Ferritor continued. Congressman Brady’s bill in the last Congress also garnered enough cosponsors to pass the House of Representatives had it been brought to the floor, but sadly, it was never brought up for a vote by the leadership in the Republican Party. “It was very disappointing during the 112th on repealing legislation that is despised by a vast majority of Seniors Coalition members,” says President and CEO Joseph Bridges. “I understand election year politics, but this law has been on the books far too long. The death tax was originally enacted to help supplement the Congress when we really had a chance to capitalize government during times of war, and there is really no moral or logical reason for a death tax in today’s day and age.”
Not coincidentally, a mere four days after The Seniors Coalition provided the Congressman with our list of members that had yet to cosponsor his legislation, eight of the eleven members on our target list cosigned. “This is a major victory for our members and supporters” Bridges continued. “With a twenty year track record and 2,795,230 members and supporters, The Seniors Coalition members once again showed their strength, and I am grateful for that. Now we will have to wait and see if Speaker Boehner and the Republican leadership team will do the right thing and hold a vote on H.R. 2429.”