Monday, July 21, 2003

Congressional Republicans on the Earned Income Tax Credit

[M]any Republicans in Congress say they feel uncomfortable about using the tax code as a welfare system. Welfare ought to be labeled welfare, they contend. "If we want to turn our income tax code into a welfare system, let�s be honest with the American people," Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., said recently. Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N. C., said, "When someone is exempt from taxes and still gets a check, it�s not a rebate; it�s public assistance."