Housing Bill Loaded with Corporate Tax Breaks

But little to prevent foreclosures
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 9:54 AM CDT
Consumer groups say the Senate's bill is full of corporate handouts.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – The bill was rushed through the Senate to come to the aid of homeowners facing foreclosure, but it turns out that some of its biggest beneficiaries are automakers, airlines and energy producers. The Senate’s housing bill is packed with billions in corporate tax cuts, the New York Times reports. With populist fervor behind the bill, lobbyists from a host of industries hit the Hill. And while the bill would help homebuilders and homebuyers, there’s little to actually prevent foreclosures.

The tax breaks would cost an estimated $6 billion through 2018. “Tax breaks for corporate home builders won’t help stabilize the housing market, won’t create jobs and won’t prevent a single foreclosure,” said one labor union president. House Democrats, have vowed to drop the corporate tax breaks from their version of the bill, while adding more help for individual homeowners.