H.R. 8 - American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

Taxation. 112th Congress (2011-2012) View bill details
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Summary:
An act entitled the "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012". (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has become law. 
Amendments:
3 proposed amendments. 2 accepted. View amendments 
House Vote: On Passage

PASSED on January 1, 2013.

voted YES: 0 voted NO: 0
1 voted present/not voting

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

H.R. 8 — 112th Congress (2011–2012)

Summary
An act entitled the "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012". (by CRS)
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Title
To extend certain tax relief provisions enacted in 2001 and 2003, and for other purposes.
Other Titles
  • "Fiscal cliff" bill
  • Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012
  • Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012
  • Pathway to Job Creation through a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code Act of 2012
  • American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012
  • To extend certain tax relief provisions enacted in 2001 and 2003, and to provide for expedited consideration of a bill providing for comprehensive tax reform, and for other purposes.
  • An act entitled the "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012".
Sponsor
Dave Camp
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Taxation
  • Advisory bodies
  • Agricultural conservation and pollution
  • Agricultural marketing and promotion
  • Agricultural practices and innovations
  • Agricultural prices, subsidies, credit
  • Agricultural research
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Alternative and renewable resources
  • American Samoa
  • Arms control and nonproliferation
  • Budget process
  • Business investment and capital
  • Capital gains tax
  • Child health
  • Coal
  • Computers and information technology
  • Congressional oversight
  • Correctional facilities and imprisonment
  • Defense spending
  • Digestive and metabolic diseases
  • Disability and paralysis
  • Disaster relief and insurance
  • Economic development
  • Educational facilities and institutions
  • Electric power generation and transmission
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Emergency medical services and trauma care
  • Employee benefits and pensions
  • Employee hiring
  • Energy efficiency and conservation
  • Financial services and investments
  • First responders and emergency personnel
  • Food assistance and relief
  • Health care costs and insurance
  • Health care coverage and access
  • Health care quality
  • Health facilities and institutions
  • Health information and medical records
  • Health personnel
  • Health technology, devices, supplies
  • Home and outpatient care
  • Horticulture and plants
  • Hospital care
  • Housing finance and home ownership
  • Hybrid, electric, and advanced technology vehicles
  • Income tax credits
  • Income tax deductions
  • Income tax exclusion
  • Income tax rates
  • Indian social and development programs
  • Inflation and prices
  • Interest, dividends, interest rates
  • Land use and conservation
  • Legislative rules and procedure
  • Long-term, rehabilitative, and terminal care
  • Low- and moderate-income housing
  • Medicaid
  • Medical tests and diagnostic methods
  • Medicare
  • Members of Congress
  • Military personnel and dependents
  • Military procurement, research, weapons development
  • Mining
  • Minority and disadvantaged businesses
  • Minority employment
  • Motor fuels
  • New York City
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Performance measurement
  • Poverty and welfare assistance
  • Prescription drugs
  • Public contracts and procurement
  • Public transit
  • Public utilities and utility rates
  • Puerto Rico
  • Radiation
  • Railroads
  • Research and development
  • Retail and wholesale trades
  • Russia
  • Sales and excise taxes
  • Securities
  • Small business
  • Social work, volunteer service, charitable organizations
  • Sports and recreation facilities
  • State and local taxation
  • Student aid and college costs
  • Surgery and anesthesia
  • Tax administration and collection, taxpayers
  • Tax reform and tax simplification
  • Tax treatment of families
  • Tax-exempt organizations
  • Taxation of foreign income
  • Teaching, teachers, curricula
  • Television and film
  • Transfer and inheritance taxes
  • Transportation costs
  • Transportation employees
  • Unemployment
  • Veterans' education, employment, rehabilitation
  • Virgin Islands
  • Wages and earnings
  • Worker safety and health
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Major Actions
Introduced7/24/2012
Referred to Committee
Amendments (3 proposed)
Passed House8/01/2012
Passed Senate1/01/2013
Passed House1/01/2013
Bill History
Chamber/CommitteeMotionDateResult
select this voteHouseAmendment 1 to H.R. 8 To amend title 5, United States Code, to make clear that accounts in the Thrift Savings Fund are subject to certain Federal tax levies8/01/2012This amendment DID NOT PASS the House
170 voted YES 257 voted NO 4 voted present/not voting
select this voteHouseOn Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H.R. 8 To extend certain tax relief provisions enacted in 2001 and 2003, and for other purposes8/01/2012This motion DID NOT PASS the House
181 voted YES 246 voted NO 4 voted present/not voting
select this voteHouseOn Passage - House - H.R. 8 To extend certain tax relief provisions enacted in 2001 and 2003, and for other purposes8/01/2012This bill PASSED the House
256 voted YES 171 voted NO 4 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenateAmendment SA 3448 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.1/01/2013PASSED by voice vote
select this voteSenateAmendment SA 3450 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.1/01/2013PASSED by voice vote
select this voteSenateOn Passage of the Bill H.R. 81/01/2013This bill PASSED the Senate
89 voted YES 8 voted NO 3 voted present/not voting
currently selectedHouseOn Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendments: H.R. 8 To extend certain tax relief provisions enacted in 2001 and 2003, and to provide for expedited consideration of a bill providing for comprehensive tax reform, and for other purposes1/01/2013This bill PASSED the House
0 voted YES 0 voted NO 1 voted present/not voting
ActionDateDescription
Introduced7/24/2012
7/24/2012Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
7/24/2012Referred to House Ways and Means
7/24/2012Referred to House Budget
7/31/2012Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 747 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 6169 and H.R. 8. H.R. 6169 is accorded 3 hours of general debate and H.R. 8 is accorded 1 hour of general debate. For H.R. 6169, the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in Part A of the report is in order and shall be debatable for 20 minutes. For H.R. 8, the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in Part B is made in order and shall be debatable for 20 minutes. Section 3 provides that on any legislative day from August 3, 2012 through September 7, 2012: (a) the Journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved; (b) the Chair may adjourn the House to meet at a date and time within the limits of clause 4, section 5, article I of the Constitution; and (c) bills and resolutions introduced shall be numbered, listed in the Congressional Record, and when printed shall bear the date of introduction, but may be referred at a later time.
8/01/2012Rule H. Res. 747 passed House.
8/01/2012Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 6169 and H.R. 8. H.R. 6169 is accorded 3 hours of general debate and H.R. 8 is accorded 1 hour of general debate. For H.R. 6169, the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in Part A of the report is in order and shall be debatable for 20 minutes. For H.R. 8, the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in Part B is made in order and shall be debatable for 20 minutes. Section 3 provides that on any legislative day from August 3, 2012 through September 7, 2012: (a) the Journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved; (b) the Chair may adjourn the House to meet at a date and time within the limits of clause 4, section 5, article I of the Constitution; and (c) bills and resolutions introduced shall be numbered, listed in the Congressional Record, and when printed shall bear the date of introduction, but may be referred at a later time. Section 4 authorizes the Speaker to appoint Members to perform the duties of the Chair for the duration of the period addressed by section 3 as though under clause 8(a) of rule I. Section 5 of the resolution provides that each day during the period addressed by section 3 shall not constitute a calendar for purposes of section 7 of the War Powers Resolution. Section 6 of the resolution provides that each day during the period addressed by section 3 shall not constitute a legislative day for the purposes of clause 7 of rule XIII (resolutions of inquiry). Section 7 of the resolution provides that for each day during the period addressed by section 3 shall not constitute a calendar or legislative day for purposes of clause 7(c)(1) of rule XXII (motions to instruct conferees). Section 8 of the resolution authorizes the Speaker to entertain motions to suspend the rules on the legislative day of August 2, 2012. Section 9 of the resolution waives the requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII (requiring a two-thirds vote to consider a report from the Committee on Rules on the same day it is presented to the House) with respect to any resolution reported through the legislative day of August 2, 2012.
8/01/2012Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 747.
8/01/2012DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 8.
8/01/2012DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 747, the House proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Levin amendment in the nature of a substitute.
8/01/2012Mr. DeFazio moved to recommit with instructions to Ways and Means.
8/01/2012DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the DeFazio motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to amend the underlying Republican 1 year extension, allowing the tax cuts to expire for income over $1 million. It would use that money for small business expensing and the rest for deficit reduction, for a total of $29 billion over 10 years.
8/01/2012The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
8/01/2012Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
select this voteVote8/01/2012Amendment 1 to H.R. 8 To amend title 5, United States Code, to make clear that accounts in the Thrift Savings Fund are subject to certain Federal tax levies
select this voteVote8/01/2012On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H.R. 8 To extend certain tax relief provisions enacted in 2001 and 2003, and for other purposes
select this voteHouse Vote on Passage8/01/2012On Passage - House - H.R. 8 To extend certain tax relief provisions enacted in 2001 and 2003, and for other purposes
8/01/2012Amendment (A001) in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Levin.
8/01/2012The previous question was ordered on the amendment (A001) pursuant to the rule.
9/10/2012Received in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
Put on a legislative calendar9/11/2012Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 502.
1/01/2013Message on Senate action sent to the House.
1/01/2013Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 844 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of Senate amendments to H.R. 8 to H.R. 8 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions. The resolution makes in order a motion offered by the chair of the Committee on Ways and Means or his designee that the House concur in the Senate amendments to H.R. 8. The resolution waives all points of order against consideration of the motion and the Senate amendments and provides that they shall be considered as read.
1/01/2013Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 844, the House moved to agree to the Senate amendments.
1/01/2013DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 844, the House proceeded with 1 hour of debate on the Senate amendments to H.R. 8.
1/01/2013The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule. (consideration: H7558)
1/01/2013Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1/01/2013Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR 12/31/2012 S8584-8586)
1/01/2013Amendment SA 3448 proposed by Senator Reid. (consideration: CR 12/31/2012 S8584-8585)
select this voteVote1/01/2013Amendment SA 3448 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
1/01/2013Amendment SA 3450 proposed by Senator Pryor for Senator Reid. (consideration: CR 12/31/2012 S8586; text: CR 12/31/2012 S8586)
select this voteVote1/01/2013Amendment SA 3450 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
select this voteSenate Vote on Passage1/01/2013On Passage of the Bill H.R. 8
currently selectedHouse Vote on Passage1/01/2013On Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendments: H.R. 8 To extend certain tax relief provisions enacted in 2001 and 2003, and to provide for expedited consideration of a bill providing for comprehensive tax reform, and for other purposes
Presented to President1/02/2013Presented to President.
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus
select this voteH. Amdt. 1473Levin, Sander [D-MI9]August 1, 2012Offered on July 31, 2012.

Amendment sought to extend for one year certain expired or expiring tax provisions that apply to middle-income taxpayers with income below $250,000 for married couples filing jointly, and below $200,000 for single filers, including, but not limited to, marginal rate reductions, capital gains and dividend rate preferences, alternative minimum tax relief, marriage penalty relief, and expanded tax relief for working families with children and college students.

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select this voteS. Amdt. 3448Reid, Harry [D-NV]December 31, 2012Passed by voice vote on December 31, 2012.

In the nature of a substitute.

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select this voteS. Amdt. 3450Reid, Harry [D-NV]December 31, 2012Passed by voice vote on December 31, 2012.

To amend the title.

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Total contributions given to House members from Electric Power utilities, which…

supported this bill

Electric Power utilities$6,564,836
$6,564,836

6 Organizations Supported and 4 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012: On Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendments: H.R. 8 To extend certain tax relief provisions enacted in 2001 and 2003, and to provide for expedited consideration of a bill providing for comprehensive tax reform, and for other purposes

6 organizations supported this bill

American Gas Association
Jennifer O’Shea and Jake Rubin (2013, January 1). United States Congress Passes American Taxpayer Relief Act: Implications Significant for Economy, Industry, Investors . Retrieved January 2, 2013, from AGA.
American Medical Directors Association
McKnights (2013, January 3). Long-Term Care Providers Dodge Bullets in Fiscal Cliff Deal, but CLASS (Act) is Out. McKnight's Long Term Care News. Retrieved January 3, 2013, from http://www.mcknights.com/long-term-care-providers-dodge-bullets-in-fiscal-cliff-deal-but-class-act-is-out/article/274564/#.
LeadingAge
McKnights (2013, January 3). Long-Term Care Providers Dodge Bullets in Fiscal Cliff Deal, But CLASS (Act) is Out. McKnight's Long Term Care News. Retrieved January 3, 2013, from http://www.mcknights.com/long-term-care-providers-dodge-bullets-in-fiscal-cliff-deal-but-class-act-is-out/article/274564/#.
National Center for Assisted Living
McKnights (2013, January 3). Long-Term Care Providers Dodge Bullets in Fiscal Cliff Deal, But CLASS (Act) is Out. McKnight's Long Term Care News. Retrieved January 3, 2013, from http://www.mcknights.com/long-term-care-providers-dodge-bullets-in-fiscal-cliff-deal-but-class-act-is-out/article/274564/#.
National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators
Jackie Bado (2013, January 2). National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Supports the Decision by Congress to Prevent the Fiscal Cliff. Retrieved January 3, 2013, from PR Newswire.
U.S. Conference of Mayors
Temple, Elena (2013, January 1). US Conference of Mayors President Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter Issues Statement on Fiscal Cliff Agreement. Retrieved January 2, 2013, from US Mayors.

4 organizations opposed this bill

American Hospital Association
Rich Umbdenstock (2013, January 1). Statement on the American Taxpayer Relief Act. Retrieved January 2, 2013, from AHA.
Club for Growth
Roth, Andrew (2013, January 1). Key Vote Alert - "NO" on Senate Fiscal Cliff Bill (HR 8). Retrieved January 1, 2013, from Club for Growth.
FreedomWorks
Kibbe, Matt (2013, January 1). Key Vote NO on H.R. 8, the “Fiscal Cliff” Tax Hikes and Sequester Postponement Bill . Retrieved January 2, 2013, from Freedomworks.
Heritage Action for America
Heritage Action (2012, December 31). "No" on Kick-the-Can Tax Increase. Retrieved January 2, 2013, from Heritage Action for America.

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Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Electric Power utilities$6,564,836
Nursing homes$4,444,141
Natural Gas transmission & distribution$2,712,443
Minority/Ethnic Groups$1,638,158
Elderly issues/Social Security$570,020
Health professionals$231,475
Public official (elected or appointed)$143,583

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Republican/Conservative$12,484,689
Hospitals$9,448,059
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