Tax and Appropriations

The Republicans’ Fiscal Flip-Flop

President Bush and Congressional Republicans Flip-Flop on Their Support for "Pay-As-You-Go"

For Immediate Release:

June 3, 2004

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» A report prepared by the Democratic Whip's Office, June 3, 2004, May 20, 2004

 

STUDY SHOWS REPUBLICAN TAX “CUTS” WILL ACTUALLY INCREASE TAXES

New Report Demonstrates Link between Tax Cuts for the Wealthy and Increases for the Middle Class

For Immediate Release:

June 2, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement in response to an important study released today at a press conference with the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).  The joint report examines the effects of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, illustrating that while wealthy taxpayers benefited from the tax cuts, low- and middle-income households are likely to lose significantly once costs of the tax cuts are paid for:

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House Dems Chide GOP On Legislative Record

For Immediate Release:

May 20, 2004

Contact:Staff

CongressDaily

Top House Democrats, including House Minority Leader Pelosi and House Minority Whip Hoyer, today will highlight major bills Congress has failed to pass this session, including a reauthorization of surface transportation programs, a repeal of the foreign sales corporation/extraterritorial income tax scheme, a comprehensive energy package and a full, five-year FY05 budget resolution.

Elections system panel pleads for help

Commissioners ask lawmakers for an additional $10M to fund research on voting systems

For Immediate Release:

May 13, 2004

Contact:Deborah Barfield Barry

Newsday

WASHINGTON -- Strapped for resources and time, the new federal agency set up to improve the nation's election system pleaded with lawmakers yesterday for an additional $10 million for research into what voting equipment works, and into whether to get rid of outdated machinery like the kind used in New York.

Meanwhile, some lawmakers vowed to try to get $1 million by the end of this month so that states might receive information on reforms that have proven successful in time for the November elections.

Democrats Lay Plans for $25B

For Immediate Release:

May 10, 2004

Contact:Mark Preston and Erin Billings

Roll Call

Congressional Democrats are preparing to lock horns with the White House over its appeal for a $25 billion wartime reserve fund, and will seek to triple the request as well as reallocate Iraq construction funds to help offset it.

Senate and House Democrats charged that the administration is “lowballing” the actual amount needed to hide the cost of the war from voters.

AMT Curb Is Wednesday’s Installment of House GOP Tax Cut Extension Drive

For Immediate Release:

May 4, 2004

Contact:Alan K. Ota

Congressional Quarterly

Republicans and Democrats will offer competing proposals on the House floor Wednesday to curb the impact of the alternative minimum tax (AMT) on middle-income families.

A GOP bill (HR 4227) sponsored by Rob Simmons of Connecticut would extend for a year the current exemptions from the AMT — $40,250 of income for individual taxpayers and $58,000 for married couples. Those exemptions are scheduled to drop next year to $33,750 for individuals and $45,000 for couples. The extension would cost $17.8 billion.

REPUBLICANS GIVE NEW MEANING TO “DO-NOTHING” CONGRESS

Leave for Memorial Day Recess with Legislation Important to Jobs, Economy and Future Unfinished

For Immediate Release:

May 20, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130


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Bush, Republicans Push for Senate Budget Backing

For Immediate Release:

May 20, 2004

Contact:Anna Willard

Reuters

President Bush and Republican congressional leaders made a last ditch effort on Thursday to win support of Senate moderates in their own party for a budget they charge does not do enough to control record deficits.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved by just three votes a $2.4 trillion budget for 2005. But the resolution looks doomed in the closely divided Senate where a handful of moderate Republicans have said they will vote against it.

REPUBLICANS CAVE ON DEFICIT SPENDING

Democrats Support Broader, Responsible Tax Relief That Is Paid For

For Immediate Release:

May 13, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today criticized the latest Republican attempt to foist irresponsible tax bills on the American people.  Instead of supporting a paid-for Democratic substitute that would extend the 10 percent bracket through 2010, and make the tax cuts permanent after 2010 contingent on balancing the budget, House Republicans backed a bill that costs $218 billion over 10 years and does not include any provisions to offset its huge cost.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

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CONGRESSMAN SANDLIN INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE

DEMOCRATS UNVEIL MEASURES THAT COULD PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR OVER 20 MILLION UNINSURED

For Immediate Release:

May 11, 2004

Contact:Ellis Brachman
202-225-3035

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Saying “something needs to be done NOW to help the growing number of uninsured Americans,” Congressman Max Sandlin (D-Marshall) today introduced a measure that would help small businesses provide health insurance for their employees and sponsored two other measures that would help significantly reduce the number of Americans who lack health insurance.