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ATR: Baucus Earns Place on 2009 "Naughty" List
Date:12/15/2009

Senator earns lump of coal for lying about taxes in the healthcare bill

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sen. Max Baucus has earned a place under the "Naughty" column on Americans for Tax Reform's 2009 Naughty and Nice List after being caught telling a brazen lie on the floor of the United States Senate: Claiming that the Senate healthcare bill would not raise taxes.

Speaking on the U.S. Senate floor on Nov. 30, Baucus said:

"I have also heard it argued that health care reform will raise taxes. That, too, is false."

In reality, the 2,074-page Senate healthcare bill uses the term "tax" 183 times and contains 18 separate tax increases.

Continuing his remarks on the Senate floor, Baucus said:

"In fact, health care reform will provide billions of dollars in tax relief to help American families and small businesses afford quality health insurance--tax cuts. The Joint Tax Committee--again bipartisan and which serves both the House and the Senate--tells us, for example, that our bill would provide $40 billion in the tax cuts in the year 2017 alone--$40 billion in tax cuts in
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