Tax and Appropriations

Week of September 13, 2004

Bill Text and Background

For Immediate Release:

September 13, 2004

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    H.R. 4571 - Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2004
            
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DEMOCRATS CALL FOR “FAIRNESS AND BALANCE” IN ARMED FORCES RADIO

Letter Expresses Support for Provision in Dept. of Defense Authorization Bill

For Immediate Release:

September 8, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130


WASHINGTON DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and other leading members of Congress sent the attached letter today to House and Senate Department of Defense Authorization Conferees encouraging them to retain language (the “Harkin Amendment”) that would bring balance to the political programming of the tax-payer funded Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS).
 

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Week of September 6, 2004

Bill Text and Background

For Immediate Release:

September 8, 2004

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    H.R. 5006 - Department of Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations Act for FY05
            
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HOYER: IRRESPONSIBLE REPUBLICAN POLICIES DENY NECESSARY FUNDING FOR EDUCATION, OTHER PRIORITIES

For Immediate Release:

September 8, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) delivered the following statement on the House Floor today in opposition to the Republican Labor, Health, and Human Services Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2005.  The bill cuts essential funding for education, health care and research and job training.  Rep. Hoyer strongly supported the Democratic alternative crafted by Rep. David Obey (D-WI) which would have added an additional $7.4 billion for these important services:

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Disabled Voters Seek Help From HAVA

For Immediate Release:

August 16, 2004

Contact:Colin Gustafson

Roll Call

The first time Jim Piet voted, he was inside a car surrounded by poll workers who had never been trained to deal with somebody afflicted with cerebral palsy.
Piet, now a public relations specialist from New Hampshire, was eager to cast his first ballot in the 1980 presidential election, but at age 19 the neurological disorder already had forced him into a wheelchair and slowed his speech to a labored stammer.

Democrats' Challenge on Tax Complexity

For Immediate Release:

July 30, 2004

Contact:Chris Edwards

The Cato Institute

The Democrats have a new charge against the Republicans: tax code complexity is way up in recent years. House Democrats, led by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, intend to make rising tax complexity an election year issue. Republicans are devoting floor time to tax simplification in the House this week, but there is no denying that they have dropped the ball on this growing problem.

It’s Official: CBO Documents Shift in Tax Burden to Middle-Income Taxpayers under Bush Policies

Democratic Whip Calls for Simpler and Fairer Tax Laws

For Immediate Release:

August 14, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding a new Congressional Budget Office report that shows the Bush Administration’s tax cuts have shifted the tax burden from the highest-income Americans to middle-income taxpayers:

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Democrats' Challenge on Tax Complexity

For Immediate Release:

July 14, 2004

Contact:Chris Edwards

The Washington Times

The Democrats have a new charge against the Republicans: tax code complexity is way up in recent years. House Democrats, led by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, intend to make rising tax complexity an election year issue. Republicans are devoting floor time to tax simplification in the House this week, but there is no denying that they have dropped the ball on this growing problem.

TAX FACTS: Top House Democrats Enter Tax Reform Fray

For Immediate Release:

July 13, 2004

Contact:John Godfrey

Dow Jones Newswire

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Tuesday he would push fellow Democrats to put an overhaul of the U.S. tax system at the top of their agenda if they regain control of the House in the November elections.

"I believe there is an increasing momentum among taxpayers for real reform, and Democrats have an opportunity to lead on this issue when we regain the House majority in November," Hoyer said in a speech before the Urban Institute.

Dems call for simpler taxes

For Immediate Release:

July 15, 2004

Contact:Hans Nichols

The Hill

House Democrats plan to take the argument for tax simplification to voters this fall, thus venturing into traditional Republican territory.

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will lead the charge, accusing the Republicans of complicating the tax code for individual filers and smalls businesses.

The move appears to be a classic “triangulation” tactic, so named by former presidential adviser Dick Morris, in which one party colonizes political territory traditionally occupied by its opposition.