Tax and Appropriations

Week of June 21, 2004

BILL TEXT AND BACKGROUND

For Immediate Release:

June 21, 2004

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  H.R. 4613 - Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2005

REPUBLICAN BUDGET PROCESS IN MELTDOWN

First, GOP Fails to Adopt Budget; Tonight, It Fails to Pass Budget Enforcement

For Immediate Release:

June 25, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement tonight after a united Democratic Caucus, and 72 Republicans, defeated the Majority’s sham budget enforcement bill on a vote of 146-268.

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Hoyer Blasts Members, Lobbyists

For Immediate Release:

June 24, 2004

Contact:Erin P. Billings and Brody Mullins

Roll Call

Angered over last week’s vote on corporate-tax measure, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) penned a stern letter Monday to his Caucus, chastising Democrats for voting against the party on a procedural vote — and blasting Republican business lobbyists for allegedly misrepresenting Democrats’ positions on the controversial bill.

Democrats Fight for a Tax Bill that Creates Jobs At Home, Not Abroad

Meanwhile the GOP declares it's Christmas in June for Special Interests

For Immediate Release:

June 17, 2004

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» Whip Hoyer Statement on the Consideration of the FSC/ETI Bill, June 17, 2004

» Summary of the Republican FSC/ETI Bill June 17, 2004

HOYER: REPUBLICANS FLIP-FLOP ON PAYGO BY PROPOSING SHAM BILL

Democrats to Offer Alternative That Will Actually Rein in Deficits

For Immediate Release:

June 23, 2004

Contact:Rep. Steny Hoyer
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD), House Budget Committee Ranking Democrat John Spratt (SC), and Blue Dog Coalition co-chairman and House Agriculture Committee Ranking Democrat Charlie Stenholm (TX) held a press conference today to denounce the sham Republican “pay-as-you-go” or budget “enforcement” bill scheduled for the House floor tomorrow, and also discuss the Democratic alternative.

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Tax Legislation Worthy Only of The Trash Heap

For Immediate Release:

June 9, 2004

Contact:By Steven Pearlstein

Washington Post

If Republicans really want to honor the memory of Ronald Reagan, they should toss in the trash the corporate tax legislation making its way through Congress.

One of Reagan's greatest achievements was passage, with bipartisan support, of the 1986 Tax Reform Act. The goal of the landmark bill was to make the tax code simpler and fairer while boosting economic efficiency. Loopholes were closed, tax rates were reduced, and all sorts of distinctions were eliminated so that individuals and companies with the same income or profits were required to pay roughly the same tax.

REP. RANGEL FLOOR STATEMENT ON REPUBLICAN BILL TO EXPORT AMERICAN JOBS AND SUMMARY OF DEMOCRATIC MOTION TO RECOMMIT

Every lobbyist has 1 day to get his favorite thing, but American people didn't get 1 day to get jobs in the bill

For Immediate Release:

June 17, 2004

Contact:Dan Maffei
202-225-4021

The Republican majority has been successful in winning the votes in order to get legislation passed.  I don’t think that they have been successful in getting the American people to believe that they have been fair to the minority or fair to the working people or fair to the manufactures that create jobs here.  I don’t think that they have been fair when it comes to having some sense of patriotism or some sense of pride in saying ‘Made in the USA.’

HOYER: FSC/ETI CORPORATE TAX BILL IS A NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT

For Immediate Release:

June 17, 2004

Contact:Rep. Steny H. Hoyer
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer today spoke out on the House floor in strong opposition to the FSC/ETI corporate tax bill, which at $150 billion, is laden with corporate tax breaks, extenders and other sweeteners that have nothing to do with reforming international tax law.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

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HOYER: GOP REFUSES TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR RAISING DEBT LIMIT

GOP Increases Public Debt Without Public Debate

For Immediate Release:

June 22, 2004

Contact:Rep. Steny Hoyer
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement criticizing the hypocritical back door manner in which House Republicans voted today to raise the debt limit:

“Mr. Speaker, 11 years ago, the Majority Leader (Mr. DeLay) stood on this House floor, and this is what he said:

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