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The Parents' Tax Relief Act

Reported by Marie Therese - June 24, 2005

The Family Research Council's President, Tony Perkins, has proudly announced that his organization is backing a new bill - the Parents' Tax Relief Act - that will effectively pay mothers to stay-at-home. At first, this seemed like a good idea, but then I read a little further.

From the Family Research Council, June 23, 2005:

"Today, I had the honor of speaking at a press conference alongside Representative Lee Terry (R-NE), Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Dr. Allan Carlson, Distinguished Fellow for Family Policy Studies at the Family Research Council. The occasion was the introduction of the Parents' Tax Relief Act (PTRA). PTRA is the first step in eliminating the tax code's bias in favor of paid day care and supporting at-home child care instead. By extending the Dependent Care Tax Credit (DCTC) for stay-at-home parents, by entirely eliminating the inequity caused by the marriage penalty, and by making the child tax credit permanent, PTRA highlights the importance of parents and family in society. The bill would not only encourage a parent to stay at home to raise their children, but would also stop some of the large tax increases that would return if previous tax cuts are not permanently extended.

"Marriage and child-rearing should be encouraged by the government, not discouraged. If we believe our country's future should be shaped in the family rooms of America's homes then we should give moms and dads more time to be there. This bill, combined with Senate Majority Leader Frist's (R-TN) amendment to permanently eliminate the outrageous death tax (which he submitted yesterday), will help families remain the most important and stable institution in a child's life. Being a parent at times may be taxing; the government should not make it more so."


One word sums up this boondoggle.


Since when did Republicans start supporting welfare?

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