Tax and Appropriations

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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House Overwhelmingly Endorses Bipartisan Pay-Parity Resolution

For Immediate Release:

March 31, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the bipartisan resolution H.Res. 581, which expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that pay adjustments should be the same this year for both civilian and military Federal personnel.  The House overwhelmingly supported the bipartisan resolution, with 299 Members voting in support to 126 voting in opposition:
 

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DEMOCRATIC WHIP HOYER ON PASSAGE OF PENSION FUNDING BILL

For Immediate Release:

April 2, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in support of House passage of H.R. 3108, the Pension Funding Equity Act of 2003:

“I am very pleased that the House finally passed the Pension Funding Equity Act of 2003 conference report today. 

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Deficit Sparks Family Feud Among House Republicans

For Immediate Release:

March 13, 2004

Contact:Mary Curtius

Los Angeles Times

A revolt by party members worried about record deficits has delayed for at least a week the Republican leadership's plan to produce a House budget for fiscal 2005 to marry with the budget passed early Friday morning by the Senate.

HOYER: DEMOCRATIC UNITY ON BUDGET VOTE DRAWS CLEAR DISTINCTIONS

Democrats Vote for Responsible Democratic Budget, Against Irresponsible GOP Budget

For Immediate Release:

March 25, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this evening after the Democratic Caucus united in voting against the Republican Budget Resolution for FY05 and for the Democrats’ budget alternative:
“House Democrats sent a crystal clear message to the American people today by strongly supporting our Democratic budget plan for Fiscal Year 2005 and unanimously opposing the irresponsible Republican budget.

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Oops, Republicans Almost Did It Again!!!

On Tie Vote, House Republicans Twist Arms to Defeat Democratic Effort to Pay for Tax Cuts and Balance Budget

For Immediate Release:

March 30, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

**Please note that 8 Republicans switched their vote on the Democratic motion to instruct Budget conferees after time expired - in order of switching: Reps. Renzi, Bachus, Ose, Smith (MI), Smith (TX), Baker, Whitfield, Kirk.

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after House Republicans “defeated” a Democratic Motion to Instruct conferees on the budget on a tie vote, 209-209.

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HOYER STATEMENT ON THE 2005 BUDGET

Democratic Budget Strong on Security, Invests in America’s Priorities

For Immediate Release:

March 25, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today spoke on the House Floor in opposition to the fiscal year 2005 House Republican budget, and in support of the House Democratic budget, which would balance the budget in 8 years and invest in America’s priorities.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

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WHIP HOYER AND DEMOCRATIC LEADERS:

Democratic Budget Strong on Defense, Homeland Security

For Immediate Release:

March 25, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) and Democratic leaders on defense and security issues, including Armed Services Ranking Democrat Ike Skelton (MO), House Budget Committee Ranking Democrat John Spratt (SC), Homeland Security Committee Ranking Democrat Jim Turner (TX),  and Rep. Ben Chandler (KY) this morning praised the House Democratic Budget alternative.  The Democratic Budget alternative matches the House Republican budget on defense and provides more funding for homeland security than the Republican budget.  The following is Rep.

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