The House Ways and Means Committee began considering a bill that would give tax breaks to members of the military and their families, as well as volunteer firefighters and emergency workers.

HR 3997, the "Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2007," is designed to help families coping with the economic hardships of prolonged deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. The bill makes permanent some of the temporary tax and Social Security measures that Congress has already passed.

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