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Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon on January 23, 2007 submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 2, to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

At the appropriate place, insert the following:

SEC. __. PERMANENT EXTENSION OF CERTAIN EDUCATION-RELATED TAX INCENTIVES.
(a) Repeal of Sunset on Affordable Education Provisions.--Title IX of the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (relating to sunset of provisions of such Act) shall not apply to title IV of such Act (relating to affordable education provisions).
(b) Permanent Extension of Above-the-Line Deduction for Certain Expenses of Elementary and Secondary School Teachers.--Subparagraph (D) of section 62(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking "In the case of taxable years beginning during 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, or 2007, the deductions" and inserting "The deductions".

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This amendment was offered in a flurry of amendments by the GOP side to slow down passage of the minimum wage bill. This bill could be seen as a way to "filibuster" by amendment. While the change itself is on language that would help teachers and on deductions in Bush's 2001 tax cuts for education, an area of debate which are easy to spin as helping schools and families, thus making it more problematic to attack Smith on the merits of the amendment itself.


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