Thursday, October 11, 2007

Jason Altmire in CQPolitics

According to "Republican motions try to force freshman Democrats into difficult votes," by Kathleen Hunter, at CQPolitics 10/11, Rep Jason Altmire (D-04) is one of those in the hot seat.

Conscious of the political ramifications of appearing to entertain anything resembling a tax hike, 10 Democrats including eight freshmen backed a GOP motion calling for permanent repeal of the estate tax. The motion was defeated, 196-212, after a brief but intense lobbying blitz.

Here is where Altmire comes in:

Freshman Jason Altmire, D-Pa., said he is determined to avoid compiling a voting record that can be attacked as pro-tax. He faces a likely 2008 rematch with his 2006 opponent, three-term Republican Rep. Melissa A. Hart, a fiscal conservative who supported tax cuts and served on the Ways and Means Committee.

“I have a fairly conservative district,” said Altmire, who voted with Republicans on the estate tax motion. “I get asked a lot about taxes.”

He is the only PA congressional representative mentioned in the bill.

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