Bush has signed H.R. 7327: Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008 into law

  • Timbales

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    Dec 31, 2008 7:18 PM GMT
    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-7327

    Call it a Christmas present for gay and lesbian couples. President Bush signed the Worker, Retiree and Employer Recovery Act of 2008 (WRERA) two days before Christmas. The new law makes it mandatory for businesses to roll over retirement benefits to a same-sex partner in the event of the employee’s death.

    Previously, employers could decline and surviving same-sex partners would have to pay tax on the inheritance of the deceased partner’s retirement savings. Legally married heterosexual couples automatically avoid that tax penalty.

    National LGBT rights groups hailed the move. “This legislation secures much-needed protection for lesbian and gay couples,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “Our community faces unique challenges in preparing for retirement because we are denied Social Security spousal and survivor benefits. Protecting our hard-earned retirement savings is even more crucial to us, and until now, the tax code made it that much harder.”


    http://minnesotaindependent.com/21528/bush-signs-gay-rights-bill

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    Dec 31, 2008 9:55 PM GMT
    Wow, he did one nice thing for us, at the very end of his presidency. Is this supposed to make me like him?
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    Dec 31, 2008 10:10 PM GMT
    TheIStrat saidWow, he did one nice thing for us, at the very end of his presidency. Is this supposed to make me like him?


    No. Bush just knows he has nothing to lose so hes looking to piss of both the left and the right.

    No honorable intentions here.
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    Dec 31, 2008 10:15 PM GMT
    It doesn't matter if this was ment to be honorable or not, this is FANTASTIC news!

    You've gotta take victories where you can.
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    Dec 31, 2008 11:18 PM GMT
    It could also be because the Senate voted for it unanimously. or so it says.
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    Dec 31, 2008 11:48 PM GMT
    Congratulations!

    I wonder if he read what he was signing... icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 01, 2009 2:52 AM GMT
    TheIStrat saidWow, he did one nice thing for us, at the very end of his presidency. Is this supposed to make me like him?


    He's done more than one nice thing. He's probably done a couple of handfuls of nice things. Of course he also gone done a truckload of bad things.
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    Jan 01, 2009 2:55 AM GMT
    Wow how nice...he does one nice thing and now he will want us to say he was a massive gay rights supporter.
  • vindog

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    Jan 02, 2009 8:12 AM GMT
    I'm sure it was attached to something like the

    "Acceptable forms of Human Torture Act of 2008"
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    Jan 03, 2009 12:23 AM GMT
    vindog saidI'm sure it was attached to something like the

    "Acceptable forms of Human Torture Act of 2008"
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>LOL !!!! Good one !!! I'm suspiscious of anything bush does, but I'll take it and give him one point !!!! he now has just 99 minus marks after his failing grade of F----------
  • Koaa2

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    Jan 03, 2009 12:27 AM GMT
    After him and Rove made his career on the backs of homosexuals, maybe he feels guilty and felt he needed to throw us one crumb!
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    Jan 03, 2009 12:47 AM GMT
    Ya most of us don't really care for Bush... But he did sign it. He didn't have to. Imagine what Cheney would have said... or his daughter and her partner... if Bush wouldn't have signed it. The red state Arkansas just banned gay adoption, while Bush had said a few years ago that Mary Cheney would make a wonderful mother.

    Perhaps Bush knows how to cator to his base concerning gay rights? Who knows... but someone once told me that presidents tend to become more liberal in their views throughout their presidency.

    So, a big thanks to Bush... but it doesn't erase some of the other things he has done/said.