The Senate defeat of a bill on June 12 that would have permanently repealed the “death tax” angered supporters of estate-tax reform in the electrical industry and in Beltway trade associations representing small businesses.
The House had already passed permanent death tax repeal. But though a 54-vote majority in the Senate supported permanent repeal, the measure failed to garner the 60 votes needed under Senate rules. Republicans promised to use their legislative defeat as an issue in
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