Congressman Kevin Brady stopped in Grimes County in early April , as part of a victory lap through his district, bringing news of the houses’ voting to end the Estate Tax, also known as the Death Tax.
Brady told a dozen reporters and concerned citizens who’d gathered in Anderson, the extremely rich and powerful never pay the estate tax, defending their wealth behind a myriad of lawyers and tax shelters, while small businesses and family-owned farms still have to ante-up.
By his side was Gary Moriarity, whose family, Brady reported, has had to endure the tax many, many times.
Brady admitted that since Moriarity’s loss there have been several improvements to the Estate Tax, most of which have been under the direction of both the Bush and Obama administrations.
But he claimed that, like the Moriaritys, many families and small business owners have ended up having to sell land, or cattle, or cut up their operations to pay the tax, after experiencing personal loss.
And after reiterating that the House has already passed the bill, Brady concluded the responsibility of finishing the job squarely on shoulders of the Senate.