WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement tonight after the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill to protect Americans from tax hikes:

"Having worked hard to get these tax policies passed in 2001 and 2003, I'm glad that this vote protects middle class families and small business owners from tax hikes.

"This bill permanently protects 99 percent of taxpayers from a tax increase, provides permanent tax relief and economic certainty for every American, and ensures the vast majority of farm families and small businesses in Missouri will not face the unfair death tax."

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