Tax and Appropriations

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. 

HOYER: THE HOUSE IS NOT FULFILLING ITS DUTY

Discusses House’s Role in Investigating Abuses of Iraqi Prisoners And Cover the Uninsured Week

For Immediate Release:

May 11, 2004

Contact:Steny Hoyer
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) made the following Floor statement today regarding the House’s role in investigating abuses of Iraqi prisoners and legislation being considered in the House for Covered the Uninsured week:

“Mr. Speaker, before I discuss legislation that will be considered on the Floor this week, I want to comment briefly on the continuing revelations about the abuse of Iraqi detainees in American custody and the need for vigorous congressional oversight through full and open committee hearings.

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HOYER DISCUSSES FSC, OTHER ISSUES WITH SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES

For Immediate Release:

May 11, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) met with senior executives from the semiconductor industry today to discuss progress on the FSC/ETI legislation and other important issues.  Representative Hoyer released the following statement after the meeting:

“I was pleased to have had the opportunity to meet with senior executives of the semiconductor industry today.

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HOYER STATEMENT ON BUSH ADMINISTRATION’S $25 BILLION SUPPLEMENTAL REQUEST

For Immediate Release:

May 5, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement today in response to press reports that the Bush Administration is going to request another $25 billion for the war in Iraq:

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HOYER STATEMENT ON THE ALTERNATIVE MINIMUM TAX AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

Democrats Again Offer Better Bill that is Fiscally Responsible and Provides More Tax Relief

For Immediate Release:

May 5, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today regarding the Alternative Minimum Tax and fiscal responsibility on the House Floor (as prepared for delivery):

“Mr. Speaker, this debate on the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) epitomizes precisely what is wrong in this House today – the Republican Leadership’s refusal to seize bipartisan opportunities where they exist and its desire to turn every tax bill into a divisive, political bludgeon.

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Democrats Offer Fiscally Responsible Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Elimination

GOP Ignores Better Democratic Bill, Passes Bill That Adds to Ballooning Deficit

For Immediate Release:

May 5, 2004

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» House Democratic Whip Hoyer statement on the AMT, May 5, 2004 (Video of this statement)