Tax and Appropriations

Democrats Hit GOP on Taxes

Party Seeks to Upend Stereotype

For Immediate Release:

April 13, 2005

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by Erin P. Billings

Roll Call

Led by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), House Democrats will use tax-filing week as the kickoff for their latest initiative. Hoyer said Tuesday that Democrats will attempt to show in the coming days and months that they are the true “party of reform” and that, despite the GOP rhetoric, Republicans have only made the tax system more complicated and unjust.

Hoyer: Republican Estate Tax Bill Will Harm American Families, Farms, And Small Businesses

For Immediate Release:

April 13, 2005

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WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today on the floor of the House of Representatives regarding the Republican Estate Tax Bill and the Democratic Alternative:

“Mr. Speaker, let’s be absolutely crystal clear: This Republican bill is nothing but a tax increase in disguise. It would raise taxes for thousands of families, farms and small businesses. There are no two ways about it.

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Tax frustrations show that the time for reform is right

Complexity's inexcusable: simplify, simplify, simplify!

For Immediate Release:

April 14, 2005

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by Rep. Steny Hoyer

Houston Chronicle

The one thing that millions of Americans will not be saying tomorrow is, "Thank goodness, it's Friday."

That's because Friday is April 15, the annual deadline for filing federal income tax returns — a duty of citizenship that provokes anxiety, confusion and anger in many taxpayers every year.

Week of April 11, 2005

Bill Text and Background

For Immediate Release:

April 12, 2005

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      H.R. 8 - Permanent Estate Tax Repeal Act of 2005
         
Act of 2005
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Hoyer: Incredible Complexity of Tax Code Commands Bipartisan Action This Year

Democratic Whip Says Tax Panel Should Weigh Corporate Tax Overhaul

For Immediate Release:

March 31, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), a leading Democratic proponent of tax reform and simplification in the House of Representatives, released the following statement today regarding the sixth meeting of the President’s Advisory Panel on Tax Reform:

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Hoyer Statement on Tax Reform and the Budget

Democratic Budget Promotes Lower Taxes, Fairness and

For Immediate Release:

March 17, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today praising the inclusion of tax reform language in the House Democratic 2006 Budget.  Whip Hoyer worked with John Spratt, the Ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, to include the language in this year’s Democratic budget:

“In our 2006 Budget, Democrats reiterate our commitment to making the tax code fairer and simpler for the American people. 

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Week of March 14, 2005

Bill Text and Background

For Immediate Release:

March 14, 2005

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      H.R. 1268 - Emergency Supplemental Wartime Appropriations
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Hoyer: Complicated Tax System is Corrosive to Democracy

Whip Responds to Second Meeting of Presidential Tax Reform Panel, Anniversary of U.S. Income Tax

For Immediate Release:

March 3, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) issued the following statement today in response to the second meeting of the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform and in recognition of the anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Income Tax on March 8:

“I am pleased that the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform is continuing with its consideration of federal tax reform by holding their second hearing today. 

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Hoyer Leads Bipartisan Regional Delegation In Sending Pay Parity Letter To President

For Immediate Release:

January 25, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – The bipartisan Washington regional delegation, led by House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), today sent a letter to President Bush requesting that he include the principle of pay parity for federal civilian and military employees in his upcoming fiscal year 2006 budget proposal. 

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Area House Members Implore Bush to Support Pay Parity

For Immediate Release:

January 25, 2005

Contact:Stephen Barr

The Washington Post

Ten members of the Washington area delegation plan to send President Bush a letter today urging him to provide equal pay raises for civil service and military personnel in his fiscal 2006 budget proposal that goes to Congress in two weeks.

A draft of the letter, organized by Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the House Democratic whip, calls on Bush to "embrace the principle of pay parity" when making his recommendation for federal employees' 2006 pay raise.