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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 30, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas March 2001 HERALDZE1TUNG Page 3A House OKs tax cut for married couples BY CURT ANDERSON AP Tax Writer WASHINGTON AP The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to cut income taxes for most married couples and to gradually double the tax endorsing two major pieces of President Bushs trillion tax relief A few hours after the 282144 which included 64 Democrats in the House Ways and Means Com mittee approved a third component of the Bush plan a measure that would eliminate the estate tax by 2011 at a cost of almost That bill is expected to reach the House floor next Before the Bush told a news conference that Congress was well on the way to enacting longlasting tax even though the legislation that is speeding through the House faces almost cer tain change in the which is divided evenly between 50 Democ rats and 50 The House has already passed Bushs package of billion in income tax Bush repeated that he would not back away from his trillion figure over 10 years and that any short term economic stimulus tax such as a individual tax rebate suggested by Senate Democrats must be part of a broader Ive been calling for immediate tax I makes sense to do But weve got to have longterm relief as the president In the first congressional vote on the rebate the House defeated by 240194 a Democratic measure that would have substituted its billion in immediate tax relief for the billion over 10 years in the GOPwritten bill to ease the tax marriage penalty by 2009 and increase the child credit beginning in The marriage bill would cut taxes for almost every married both the 25 million with two incomes who pay a tax penalty and an almost equal number of oneearner families that the tax code gives a The standard deduction for married cou ples would equal twice that of a single taxpayer in 2002 for those who item ize marriage penalty relief would come gradually as the bottom 15 percent tax bracket is widened to twice that of singles between 2004 and McCainFeingold campaign finance legislation nearing passage in Senate WASHINGTON AP Legislation to cleanse the nations scandalscarred campaign finance system moved to the brink of Senate passage on Thursday after John McCain and his allies prevailed in a show down to ease the impact of the Supreme Courts inevitable constitutional I believe that weve gone over the last hurdle but I just dont R said after the 5743 vote that indicated the high court should make its ruling section by section rather than upholding or rejecting the three main elements as a Mitch R the measures most out spoken This bill is going and if I were a betting Id bet its going to be signed into Previous attempts to push campaign finance legislation through the Senate have perished as the result of Republican But public outrage over the current system has slow ly increased as the result of scandals in recent In McCain made the issue the centerpiece of a surprisingly strong White House bid in and Democrats picked up sever al Senate seats this past adding to the reservoir of The main features of the bill would ban socalled soft the loose ly regulated donations that now flow to political parties million in the past two years The bill also would restrict late campaign broadcast advertising by out side groups as well as the parties that support or attack candidates but escape regu lation because they stop short of explicitly advocating anyones defeat or The third main provision would ease 27year old restrictions on donations to candidates and parties for use in direct campaign activ The developments unfold ed on the Senate floor as President Bush said he would sign any legislation that improves the Rickets making comeback ATLANTA AP Childhood rickets a bonesoftening disease that had become so rare the government stopped keep ing statistics on it is making a in part because some young sters are not getting enough health officials a vitamin D defi ciency that causes bones to soften and bend and often results in was once a major health The addition of vitamin D to milk in the 1930s virtu ally eliminated But health officials said Thursday that health departments across the country are seeing a resur The government attributes the comeback to the popularity of milk sub stitutes like soy that lack certain nutrients the fail ure to supplement breast milk with vitamin D and a lack of childhood exposure to Sunlight stimu lates the body to produce Vitamin The resurgence has been seen particularly among children breastfed by black Darkskinned people absorb less NliW HERALDZEITUNG Published on Sunday morn ings and weekday mornings Tuesday through Friday by the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung USPS 377880 707 Landa or Drawer New Comal Texas 78131 Periodical postage paid by the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung in New Carrier delivered in Comal and Guadalupe counties three six one Senior Cit izen Discounts by carrier deliv ery only six one Mail delivery out side Comal County in Texas three six one Mail outside Texas six one Subscribers who have not received a newspaper by 6 Tuesday through Friday and by 7 Saturday and Sun day can call 830 Postmaster Send address changes to the New Braunfels Drawer New Obituary DIETERT Gilbert Dietert of New Braunfels passed away March at his residence at the age of Dietert was a retired farmer and a veteran of He is survived by his sons Harborth arid his Garolyn Clarence Harborth arid his Doris Kenneth Harborth and his Margaret and Stanley Harborth and his San dra grandchildren Rose Charlotte Joan Wilburn Har Weldon Harborth and Bobbie Jo Redden great Robert Chandler Clifton Jordan Har Charles Jes sica Alicia Toni Dalton Har Matthew Odom and Megan Funeral ser vices are scheduled for 3 March at Zoeller Funeral Home with burial to follow in Lone Oak Zoeller Funeral Home DANGER You May Be Shocked By Our Super Low 358 Landa MSRP Becker Disc Rebate Sale Price 9i V6 SMPI ENGINE 4 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION CASSETTE RADIO REAR 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