Fact-Check: No, Senator Clinton Did Not Vote for Significant Tax Reform

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a 'Women for Hillary' fundraiser November 30, 2015 in Washington, DC. All 14 Democratic women senators, except Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have endorsed Hillary Clinton to run for the President of the U.S.
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During the second presidential debate, Donald Trump claimed that during her time as Senator, Hillary Clinton did nothing to reform the tax code.

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This is an extremely difficult statement to fact-check, because a great deal depends on what is meant by “reforming the tax code.” A thorough rundown of Clinton’s voting records on tax issues prepared by Forbes in April 2015 reveals little in Senator Clinton’s record that could be fairly described as a significant reform.

In summary, Clinton voted against the Bush tax cuts, but voted for a few amendments to the bill that did not pass; she eventually voted yes to extend those tax cuts, while complaining that she thought they benefited the wealthy too much. She voted in favor of a minor alteration to the Alternative Minimum Tax, to raise the exemption, while voting against a bill that would have repealed it, something that would have been a major tax reform. At the end of her term, she tried to raise the top marginal tax rate back to its pre-Bush level, which is hardly a “reform” of the system.

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