House GOP to Take Up Budget Resolution Setting Tax Policy Guidelines

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The partisan debate over what the nation's budget and tax policy should look like in fiscal year 2012 will move to the House floor next week when lawmakers take up a $3.5 trillion budget plan that includes more than $4 trillion in tax cuts over the next 10 years. Floor debate follows the adoption of a Republican-drafted resolution by the House Budget Committee on a partisan basis. It also comes as lawmakers continue to argue over putting the fiscal 2011 budget and appropriations cycle to bed—six months into the fiscal year. The stalemate over how to solve the nation's budget woes could be solved easily if Congress would agree to reverse “years of tax giveaways to the richest Americans and largest corporations,” the liberal Institute for Policy Studies says in a new report. While many lawmakers seek ways to return the tax code to something closer to its 1986 construct, the institute suggests reaching back to 1961—when the top tax rate was 91 percent.