Tax and Appropriations

Disabled Voters Seek Help From HAVA

For Immediate Release:

August 16, 2004

Contact:Colin Gustafson

Roll Call

The first time Jim Piet voted, he was inside a car surrounded by poll workers who had never been trained to deal with somebody afflicted with cerebral palsy.
Piet, now a public relations specialist from New Hampshire, was eager to cast his first ballot in the 1980 presidential election, but at age 19 the neurological disorder already had forced him into a wheelchair and slowed his speech to a labored stammer.

It’s Official: CBO Documents Shift in Tax Burden to Middle-Income Taxpayers under Bush Policies

Democratic Whip Calls for Simpler and Fairer Tax Laws

For Immediate Release:

August 14, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding a new Congressional Budget Office report that shows the Bush Administration’s tax cuts have shifted the tax burden from the highest-income Americans to middle-income taxpayers:


Democrats' Challenge on Tax Complexity

For Immediate Release:

July 14, 2004

Contact:Chris Edwards

The Washington Times

The Democrats have a new charge against the Republicans: tax code complexity is way up in recent years. House Democrats, led by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, intend to make rising tax complexity an election year issue. Republicans are devoting floor time to tax simplification in the House this week, but there is no denying that they have dropped the ball on this growing problem.

TAX FACTS: Top House Democrats Enter Tax Reform Fray

For Immediate Release:

July 13, 2004

Contact:John Godfrey

Dow Jones Newswire

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Tuesday he would push fellow Democrats to put an overhaul of the U.S. tax system at the top of their agenda if they regain control of the House in the November elections.

"I believe there is an increasing momentum among taxpayers for real reform, and Democrats have an opportunity to lead on this issue when we regain the House majority in November," Hoyer said in a speech before the Urban Institute.

Dems call for simpler taxes

For Immediate Release:

July 15, 2004

Contact:Hans Nichols

The Hill

House Democrats plan to take the argument for tax simplification to voters this fall, thus venturing into traditional Republican territory.

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will lead the charge, accusing the Republicans of complicating the tax code for individual filers and smalls businesses.

The move appears to be a classic “triangulation” tactic, so named by former presidential adviser Dick Morris, in which one party colonizes political territory traditionally occupied by its opposition.

Hoyer Offers Preview Of Dem Strategy In House Tax Debate

For Immediate Release:

July 14, 2004

Contact:Martin Vaughan


House Minority Whip Hoyer charged Tuesday that Republican tax
cuts enacted over the last four years have added layers of
complexity to the tax code, offering a preview of the Democratic
message as House members debate tax policy this week and next.

   But seven points that Hoyer outlined as a pathway to
simplification of the tax code showed little contrast with
Republican proposals to simplify the tax system that will be on
display next week.

Hoyer: Republicans Have Only Made the Tax Code More Complex and Unfair

Democratic Whip Says Republican Rhetoric Fails to Match the Reality

For Immediate Release:

July 21, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen

Week of July 19, 2004

Bill Text and Background

For Immediate Release:

July 19, 2004


  H.R. 4850 - District of Columbia Appropriations Act for FY05
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