House Leaders Confident of Tax Relief Bill's Passage

By Bruce Sullivan | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

Washington ( - GOP leaders announced Thursday that they expect the Marriage Penalty Relief Act of 2000 to pass on the floor of the House today, saying that it would be wrong to financially penalize marriage.

"Marriage is sacred - not taxable," said House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX).

Rep. David McIntosh (R-IN) told that there is bipartisan support for the bill, H.R. 6.

He said at least 20 moderate Democrats have signed on as cosponsors. However, he added that liberal Democrats remained opposed to the bill, which provides $189 billion in tax relief over the next 10 years to all married couples who file jointly.

"The most liberal [Democrats] won't vote for it," McIntosh told "They hate to give up one penny in taxes."

One of H.R. 6's Republican sponsors, Rep. Phil Crane of Illinois, told that he is confident not only of this tax bill's passage, but of further tax cuts in the coming years.

"I think we could be on a generational ride calling for less and less taxes," said Crane.

House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts of Oklahoma told that cutting taxes for married couples is the right thing to do.

"It is wrong that our tax code penalizes marriage. We have a moral obligation to correct an indefensible tax policy," Watts said.