Tax and Appropriations

REP. RANGEL: AMT RELIEF FOR MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED WITHOUT RAISING THE DEBT

For Immediate Release:

May 5, 2004

Contact:Dan Maffei or Jennifer Whitson
202/225-4021

 Let me join in with the Gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. English) in trying to eliminate this burden (the Alternative Minimum Tax or AMT) that has been placed on people that was never intended to penalize. 

REP. RANGEL TO OFFER MARRIAGE PENALTY BILL WITH TWICE AS MUCH TAX CUTS FOR MARRIED COUPLES AS REPUBLICAN BILL

Rangel says GOP bill is “full of holes” and leaves out 10 million middle-income couples

For Immediate Release:

April 28, 2004

Contact:Dan Maffei
202/225-4021

 Rep. Charles B. Rangel today made the following statement about competing marriage penalty relief proposals slated for House consideration today (A summary of Rep. Rangel’s alternative follows the statement):

 “The House Republican leadership says it’s for marriage penalty relief but all they offer is more press releases. 

HOYER: GOP MARRIAGE PENALTY BILL WOULD DRIVE US FURTHER INTO DEBT

Democrats Offer Fiscally Responsible Bill that Permanently Ends Marriage Penalty Tax and Helps More Working Families

For Immediate Release:

April 27, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) on the House Floor today denounced Republican tax policies that continue to pile debt onto taxpayers.  House Democrats strongly support permanently eliminating the marriage penalty tax and will offer an alternative this week that is fully paid for and will help more families.  The Republican bill will put almost $100 billion more debt on America’s children.  The following is Representative Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery: 

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HOYER: GOP MARRIAGE PENALTY TAX BILL IS DIVORCED FROM FISCAL REALITY

Democrats Offer Fiscally Responsible Marriage Penalty Tax Elimination

For Immediate Release:

April 28, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement on the House Floor today in support of the fiscally responsible Democratic Marriage Penalty Elimination Bill, and in opposition of the irresponsible GOP bill that will contribute to the already out-of-control deficits:

“The Marriage Penalty bill that House Republicans have put on the Floor today is absolutely divorced from the fiscal reality that confronts our nation. 

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Maryland lawmaker pledges to fight for Lewis & Clark water

For Immediate Release:

April 16, 2004

Contact:David Kranz

Argus Leader

A senior member of the House Appropriations Committee says he can make a good argument to President Bush about the value of the Lewis & Clark water pipeline project, even though the president isn't a fan of the spending.

U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., visited with area mayors and Lewis & Clark officials about the project Thursday at the request of Stephanie Herseth, Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives.

Hoyer: The Republican Tax Plan Will Drown Our Children in a Sea of Deficit and Debt

Expresses Support for Tax Cuts, Tax Reform for Middle Class, Small Businesses

For Immediate Release:

April 15, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Steny Hoyer released the following statement today on Tax Day:

 “Today is Tax Day, but our nation’s tax system is nothing to celebrate and most families have only pocket change to show for the Bush tax cuts.  Under the Bush Administration’s 2003 tax break, almost half of Americans get a tax cut of less than $100 this year. 

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Refuting Republican Rhetoric, Republicans Spend More Than Democrats

For Immediate Release:

March 30, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

"Facts are a stubborn thing," President Reagan famously said.

And despite all the hot rhetoric from Republicans during the debate on the 2005 budget, a look at the past four White House Administrations shows Republicans spend more than Democrats.

The facts show that Republican Administrations over the past 25 years have run bigger deficits and spent more as a percentage of GDP than the Democratic Administration.

Reagan

Avg. Outlays as % of GDP = 22.26%

Avg. Discretionary Spending as % of GDP= 9.76%

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