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President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 18, 2003

President Commends House for Permanently Eliminating Death Tax

I commend the House of Representatives for acting to permanently eliminate the death tax. The death tax results in unfair double taxation of income and it hurts America's small businesses, which are the engine of job creation. Today's vote is a victory for fairness, job creation and certainty for family businesses, farmers and ranchers.

Permanently eliminating the death tax is an important step toward increasing fairness in the tax code and promoting economic security. I urge the Senate to act on this important matter so that we can eliminate this unfair tax once and for all.

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