GOP platform won’t protect mortgage tax deduction

By James Rowley


Republican platform drafters refused to put their party on record for preserving the mortgage- interest deduction, giving Mitt Romney more flexibility to promote his plan to lower tax rates paid by corporations and the wealthiest Americans without increasing the federal debt.

The platform panel, meeting in Tampa, Florida, in advance of the Aug. 27 Republican National Convention, defeated a proposed mortgage deduction amendment by a show of hands as it moved toward today’s scheduled completion of the draft statement of positions the party will offer voters in the November election.

The document, which was also amended to include a call for Federal Reserve audits, will be submitted next week for approval by the full convention.

The mortgage interest vote was a shift in Republican policy from four years ago, when the party platform said that “because affordable housing is in the national interest, any simplified tax system should continue to encourage homeownership, recognizing the tremendous social value that the home mortgage interest deduction has had for decades.”



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