For the second time this year, a $15,000 tax credit for homebuyers backed by Johnny Iskason made it into a Senate bill — only to be eliminated by a House-Senate conference committee.
“I would like to thank the Senate for its wisdom in adopting the $15,000 credit, express my deep disappointment in the conference committee for dropping it and encourage our president and the leadership of our country to give a second thought to what this credit could do,” Isakson said after it happened late Wednesday.
In February, Isakson was able to insert the tax credit provision into a $787 billion stimulus bill (which the senator voted against). The tax credit was removed during House-Senate negotiations as too expensive.
This month, the Senate again approved the Isakson amendment, attaching it to the $3.56 trillion budget resolution. Isakson again voted against the main bill, which passed 53 to 43. Final passage by Congress is expected today.
The biggest difference between the February vote on the stimulus and the current one: The Barack Obama administration has done little lobbying of congressional Republicans like Isakson who have personal stakes in the legislation.
This from Wednesday’s Washington Post — the same day Isakson announced that his tax credit wouldn’t be going anywhere:
In preparation, [Obama] traveled outside Washington, appearing at town hall meetings, in prime-time news conferences and on late-night talk shows. One senior adviser said the president did not make a single call to a lawmaker seeking support for the budget blueprint, which is expected to gain final approval from Congress today.
“It’s kind of like he decided ‘I’m the boss,’ ” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.).
While you ponder that, consider these articles found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
A manure dispute threatens Milton horse farms. An Atlanta police audit ties slow response to scheduling. The U.S. Supreme Court debate over the Voting Rights Act. Atlanta lawyer in TB scare sues the CDC for invasion of privacy.
From elsewhere in Georgia:
MDJ: Cobb among the most polluted counties in the United States. ATR: Roy Barnes visits Americus. MDJ: Phil Gingrey says the fight for the F-22 will continue.
AP: Britain ends combat operations in Iraq. NYDN:Elizabeth Edwards says her husband’s affair made her throw up. NYT: Republicans debate whether they want a broader party or a purer one. MSNBC: National Republican Senate Committee launches ad accusing Arlen Specter of cooperating — with George W. Bush. Catholic News Service: Vatican newspaper says Obama’s first 100 days not as bad as Catholic Church feared.
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