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Did Obama vote to increase taxes on families making as little as $42,000 a year?

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Question: Did Obama vote to increase taxes on families making as little as $42,000 a year?
Republicans have repeatedly stated in political ad campaigns that Barack Obama voted to raise taxes on families who make as little as $42,000 per year. In the debates, both John McCain and Sara Palin also accused Obama of voting to raise taxes on families at the $42,000 threshold. Is this true?
Answer: No. But, Barack Obama did vote "yes" on March 14, 2008, to a budget resolution that called for returning the 25 percent tax bracket to its pre-Bush tax cut level of 28 percent.

This resolution could affect:

  • Couples without children who make $83,000 or more per year; and
  • Families of four who make as little as $90,000 per year.

The resolution would not have raised taxes on its own without additional legislation.

It has also been stated that Obama's tax plan holds for these tax increases. This is false.

According to FactCheck.org, "… Obama's economic plan would produce a tax cut for the majority of American households, with middle-income earners benefiting most."

This vote was counted on March 14, 2008. It is important to note that during the October 2, 2008 vice presidential debate, Sen. Joe Biden countered Sarah Palin's accusation of Obama voting to raise taxes by incorrectly stated John McCain had also voted the same way on this budget resolution. The is not true. McCain did not vote at all on this particular budget resolution one way or the other. McCain voted the previous day, on March 13, 2008, on a different amendment.

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