Washington (April 30, 2004) -- House members this week pushed through by a huge margin a bill that would lock in the temporary marriage penalty relief provided under President Bush's tax cut plan.

The bill, H.R. 4181, which would permanently extend the increased standard deduction and the 15 percent individual income tax rate bracket expansion for married taxpayers filing joint returns, was approved by the House on Wednesday by a vote of 323 to 95. The bill must be passed by the Senate before it becomes law.

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