Tax and Appropriations

As Payroll Negotiations Begin, GOP Once Again Choosing Confrontation Over Compromise

With millions of Americans still out of work and American families facing a tax increase if the payroll tax cut is not extended this month, it appears Republican conferees are focused on two controversial details: GED’s and drug testing.

As Politico reports, conferees on the Payroll bill met for the second time today, with precious few days left to reach a compromise and the GOP firmly dug in on unreasonable policy provisions:

Fact Checking the GOP: Largest Tax Increase in Modern History Was Under President Reagan, Not President Obama

Republicans are already claiming the President’s deficit reduction plan is the largest tax increase in history. But unfortunately for them, the facts don’t back them up. Drawing straight from their source, here are the facts:   
  • The Treasury Department working paper they’ve referenced compares the first four years of tax changes.

Bernanke: Don't cut too fast

From the Democratic Whip Press Shop:

Today, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned against undermining our economic recovery by drastically cutting spending too quickly. Democrats agree with Republicans that we must reduce spending but we also have to ensure that spending cuts don’t harm the economy and impede job creation.

Take Note House Republicans, Senate Ethanol Tax Break Vote Proves Revenue is On The Table

From the Democratic Whip Press Shop:

We hope House Republicans were paying attention to the ethanol vote in the Senate today, as 73 Senators—including 33 Republicans—voted to end these tax breaks.

That’s 33 Republican Senators who finally agreed that the tax code is not off limits when looking to restore fiscal discipline.

Hoyer: Making Our Tax Code Fair and Simple

For Immediate Release:

April 18, 2011


Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer
The Huffington Post

If you're feeling overwhelmed this Tax Day, you're not alone. The complexity of our tax code isn't just a nuisance for families and businesses -- it's a drag on our entire economy. Each year, Americans spend billions of dollars and more than 225 million collective hours doing their taxes. And each year, there's talk of making our tax code far simpler, talk that rarely goes anywhere.