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Senate to Vote on $70 Billion Tax Package

JOHN YDSTIE, host:

The Senate is expected to vote today on a bill providing tax relief to investors. It would provide tax cuts worth more than $70 billion over five years. The legislation provides a two-year extension of the reduced 15 percent tax rate for capital gains and dividends currently set to expire at the end of 2008.

The bill would also help the millions of taxpayers facing the alternative minimum tax. The bill passed the House yesterday. President Bush has said he will sign it. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Steve Inskeep is a host of NPR's Morning Edition, as well as NPR's morning news podcast Up First.

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