Tax and Appropriations

Week of October 27, 2003

For Immediate Release:

October 27, 2003


» Please view "The Weekly Whip" for the week of October 27, 2003.

Floor items that you may want to do press on for the week of October 27th:

Week of September 15, 2003

For Immediate Release:

September 15, 2003


» Please view the "Weekly Whip" outlining the Floor Schedule for the week of September 15, 2003.

Floor items that you may want to do press on:

     •   H.R. 7 - Charitable Giving Act of 2003

     •   H.R. 2115 - Century of Aviation FAA reauthorization Conference Report

Week of October 13, 2003

For Immediate Release:

October 13, 2003


» Please view "The Weekly Whip" for the week of October 13, 2003.

**Please note it is not clear that H.R. 2559 - Military Construction Appropriations Conference Report or H.R. 2691 - Interior Appropriations Conference Report, which are listed on the Weekly Whip, will actually come to the Floor. 

Floor items that you may want to do press on:

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


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



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

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:


House Dems Chide GOP On Legislative Record

For Immediate Release:

May 20, 2004



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


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.