June 25, 1969 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD- SEN ATE
Mr. l\1ANSI<"iELD. Mr. Preslaent, me substance, is that it is going along with
present proposal to extend the present the continuation of the withholding
withholding tax rates for 31 days Is to rates at the present level until such
afford an opportunity for the House of time as the Finance Committee can proRepresentatives
to pass the surtax ex- ceed to have heatinf!"s, not alone on the
tension within U1at period of time surtax, but also on meaningful reform
Yesterday, at the luncheon meeting in the field of taxation? Is that correct?
of the majority policy committee, It was Mr. MANSFIELD That is correct.
voted unanimously to have a 3-month Mr HARTKE. Coming bn.ck to the
exten.sion of the withholding rates, dur- Qttt>stion about being bound, I want to
lng which time a full review of reform make It perfectly clear that, I or any
could be accomplished in an orderly other Senator are not bound. as a result
legislative manner. of the Senate's action today. If any Sen-
The full text of the resolution which ator comes back and says, "Well, we have
was adopted by the policy committee Is ag~·eed in substance that the surtax Is
as follows· gomg to be extended, the only reservaWhereas,
tbe Senate Majority Policy Committee,
having met and considered the matter
or the exten.alon or the 1noome tax
surcharge, heroby resolves;
That meaningful tax reforms should be
!\dopted as a mea.ns ot &ehlevlng an equitable
national lnoome ta.x policy, a.nd further resolves,
That any propose.! to extend the Income ta.x
~urcharge be considered simultaneously with
recommendations on meaningful tax reform
and further resol vcs,
That the present lnoome tax withholding
rates be continued after June 30, 1969 for
a JM!rlod or one quarter to permit full consideration
and disposition of the reform and
extension of the surtax.
Mr. President, with the passage of this
bill today, the Senate Is taking no action
that Is inconsistent with the action of the
policy committee yesterday. Because of
the timing of the decision arrived at by
the policy committee on yesterday, it was
not possible to report to the full Democratic
caucus the matters which have
since developed in the Finance Committee,
nor was is possible to report the
action taken by the Democratic policy
cornmtttee yesterday to the distinguished
minority lee.der for his edification and
the edification of his colleagues.
It is still the hope of the leadership
that prior to the passage o~ any surtax
for anothre year, meaningful tax ref.orm
wlll be considered simultaneously.
Therefore, if a.nd when the House of
Representatives passes the extension of
the surtax and the measure arrives in the
Senate, it is the Senate's intention to
seek, it necessary, a further extension of
the withholding rates to permit a full
review of meaningful tax reform in an
orderly legi~lative manner by the appropriate
It Is noted that the chairman of the
Finance Committee, now mana.g!ng the
bill, the Senator from Louisiana . attended yesterday's meeting of
the policy commlbtee and joined in Its
deliberations The action about to be
taken today is interpreted as totally consistent
with the sentiment of those
Mr. HARTKE. Mr. President, will the
Senator yield to me, because this is the
question T was asking?
Mr. MANSFIELD. I yield,
Mr. HARTKE. In other words, so far
as the policy committee is concerned it
does not give consent to the exten.sion of
~he surtax, implied, tacit, or in any rashton
whatsoever? All that the policy committee
has said, as I understand it, in
tion being that there must be meaningful
refonns passed wiih It," that will not
be a correct statement of the Senate's
action today. I did not want to get Into
Mr. MANSFIELD. No Senator is bound
in any way by the passage of this bill.
His freedom of action is preserved.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 44, Folder 81, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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