Tax and Appropriations

HOYER APPLAUDS IMMINENT PASSAGE OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEE BENEFITS PACKAGE

For Immediate Release:

December 6, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement regarding the expected passage tonight of the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Benefits Enhancement Act of 2004, which enjoyed wide bipartisan support:

“I am pleased that the House will adopt tonight S. 2657, the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Benefits Enhancement Act of 2004, to provide federal employees access to affordable dental and vision insurance.

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HOYER STATEMENT ON CONTROVERSIAL TAXPAYER PROVISION

Says Republican Abuse of Power Is At Fault, Democratic Objections Will Help Force Vote on 9/11 Legislation

For Immediate Release:

November 24, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement today regarding the inclusion of a controversial provision which would have given certain Congressional staff access to taxpayers' tax returns in the massive 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Conference Report:

“This colossal blunder was anticipated. 

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BUSH ADMINISTRATION ALREADY RETREATING FROM CAMPAIGN PROMISE ON TAX REFORM

Hoyer Urges the President to Honor His Campaign Pledge

For Immediate Release:

November 18, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this morning concerning tax reform and simplification:

 “All along the campaign trail, President Bush talked about the need to make our incredibly complicated tax system more simple and more fair. 

“While the President never endorsed specific proposals during the campaign, he did strike a chord with politicians and taxpayers of all political stripes who recognize the urgent need for real tax reform and simplification.

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HOYER: COMMIT TO INVESTING IN EDUCATION DURING EDUCATION WEEK

For Immediate Release:

November 15, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) released the following statement in observance of American Education Week (November 14 – 20).  American Education Week was founded by the National Education Association in 1921.  This year’s theme is “Celebrating the American Dream.”

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HOYER: HONORING OUR HEROES ON VETERANS DAY

For Immediate Release:

November 10, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in observance of Veterans Day tomorrow, November 11:

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Week of November 15, 2004

Bill Text and Background

For Immediate Release:

November 15, 2004

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    Conference Report on S. 2845 - 9/11 Commission Recommendations

HOYER: FIREFIGHTER PROGRAMS IMPORTANT TO HOMELAND SECURITY

More than $700 Million Included in Homeland Security Agreemen

For Immediate Release:

October 9, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today praised the inclusion of $65 million for the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Firefighters (SAFER) Program and $650 million for the Assistance to Firefighter Grant Program in the fiscal year 2005 Homeland Security Appropriations Conference Report.  As a co-chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, Hoyer helped establish and fund both of these federal grant programs to assist fire departments across the country. 

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HOYER: REP. CHET EDWARDS LEADS THE FIGHT TO SUPPORT MILITARY FAMILIES

Succeeds in Reversing the Military Widows Tax

For Immediate Release:

October 8, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement in strong support of the effort by Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX) to end the “military widows tax.”  Rep. Edwards led the Democratic fight to force the Republican leadership to reverse the reduction of military survivors’ benefits annuities, which currently begins when the survivor reaches 62.  The reversal is included in the Department of Defense Reauthorization Conference Report, which is expected to pass the House today:

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HOYER: THE FAILED REPUBLICAN CONGRESS WAVES THE WHITE FLAG

Republicans Limp Out of Town Having Failed On Policy, Politics and Ethics

For Immediate Release:

October 8, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer joined Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Caucus Chairman Bob Menendez, and Assistant to the Democratic Leader John Spratt to denounce the failed Republican Congress which is expected to limp out of town today after failing on policy, politics and ethics:

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HOYER: REPUBLICANS USE FSC/ETI TAX BILL TO DO FAR MORE HARM THAN GOOD

For Immediate Release:

October 7, 2004

Contact:Rep. Steny Hoyer
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer spoke on the House floor today in opposition to the flawed and fiscally irresponsible Republican FSC/ETI Conference Report.  Instead of aiding American manufacturers and protecting American jobs, the bill is loaded down with billions of dollars for special interests and tax loopholes.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

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