Press Release ● Older Americans & Seniors
For Immediate Release: 
June 25, 2003
Contact Info: 
Stacey Farnen

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer organized 160 House Democrats, including the entire elected House leadership and the Ranking Member on the Ways and Means Committee, Charlie Rangel (NY), in sending a letter to President Bush today urging him “to step in and convince House and Senate Republican leaders to resolve their differences on this legislation immediately and to provide these hardworking families with tax relief.”  Rep. Hoyer currently has a “Working Families Tax Fairness Clock” in his office lobby counting the days, hours and minutes since the House appointed conferees on this legislation and families have been waiting for tax relief (see the clock at

Attached are the full text of the letter and the list of signatories.

       June 25, 2003

The Honorable George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

 As you know, both the House and Senate will consider momentous legislation this week to extend a prescription drug benefit to America’s seniors.  However, while much attention will be devoted to this very important issue, we must not lose sight of another – the bipartisan effort to accelerate the increase in the child tax credit for 6.5 million low-income, working families, including 12 million children.

 We believe that extending the child tax credit to these families – 200,000 of whom are serving our nation in our armed forces – is a fundamental test of fairness and compassion.  You have often stated that our nation should reach out a helping hand to those living on the outskirts of poverty, and there is little doubt that this is where these working American families currently reside.

 Your comments last week urging Congress “to complete work on this legislation soon, and get it to my desk” were welcome and encouraging.  This legislation, of course, enjoys wide bipartisan support in Congress.  The Senate version passed by a vote of 94 to 2.  The House Republican leadership pushed a version that we regard as unaffordable.  It must be noted, though, that just one hour after the House bill passed, a bipartisan majority of Members in this body voted for a Democratic Motion to Instruct that directs House conferees to accept the Senate version.

 Mr. President, it has been almost 13 days since the House appointed conferees on this legislation, and it is abundantly clear that, absent your personal intervention, this bipartisan effort stands little chance of becoming law before Congress recesses for the Fourth of July or, for that matter, anytime soon.  Permit us to be direct: You alone have the ability to step in and convince House and Senate Republican leaders to resolve their differences on this legislation immediately and to provide these hardworking families with tax relief.  We urge you to act today.

 This legislation offers us a real opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of millions of working and military families.  We regard it as simply unconscionable to deny this tax credit to these families while providing it to their slightly better off neighbors.  Please join us in this effort and break this deadlock today.

/s/ Nancy Pelosi                    /s/ Steny H. Hoyer
House Democratic Leader      House Democratic Whip
Abercrombie, Neil
Acevedo-Vila, Anibal
Ackerman, Gary L.
Alexander, Rodney
Allen, Thomas H.
Andrews, Robert E.
Baca, Joe
Baird, Brian
Baldwin, Tammy
Ballance, Frank
Bell, Chris
Becerra, Xavier
Berkley, Shelley
Berman, Howard L.
Berry, Marion
Bishop, Tim
Bishop, Jr, Sanford D.
Blumenauer, Earl
Bordallo, Madeleine
Boyd, Allen
Brady, Robert A.
Brown, Sherrod
Brown, Corrine
Capps, Lois
Cardin, Benjamin L.
Cardoza, Dennis
Carson, Julia
Case, Ed
Christensen, Donna M.
Clyburn, James E.
Conyers, Jr, John
Cooper, Jim
Costello, Jerry F.
Crowley, Joseph
Cummings, Elijah E.
Davis, Artur
Davis, Susan
DeFazio, Peter A.
DeGette, Diana
Delahunt, William D.
DeLauro, Rosa L.
Deutsch, Peter
Doggett, Lloyd
Dooley, Calvin M.
Edwards, Chet
Emanuel, Rahm
Engel, Eliot L.
Eshoo, Anna G.
Etheridge, Bob
Evans, Lane
Farr, Sam
Fattah, Chaka
Filner, Bob
Frank, Barney
Frost, Martin
Gephardt, Richard A.
Gonzalez, Charles A.
Green, Gene
Grijalva, Raul
Hastings, Alcee L.
Hill, Baron P.
Hinchey, Maurice D.
Hinojosa, Ruben
Hoeffel, Joseph M.
Holt, Rush D.
Honda, Mike
Hooley, Darlene
Inslee, Jay
Israel, Steve
John, Christopher
Johnson, Eddie Bernice
Jones, Stephanie Tubbs
Kennedy, Patrick J.
Kildee, Dale E.
Kilpatrick, Carolyn C.
Kind, Ron
Kleczka, Gerald D.
Kucinich, Dennis J.
Langevin, Jim
Lantos, Tom
Larsen, Rick
Larson, John B.
Lee, Barbara
Levin, Sander M.
Lewis, John
Lowey, Nita M.
Lynch. Stephen
Majette, Denise
Maloney, Carolyn B.
Markey, Edward J.
Matsui, Robert T.
McCarthy, Carolyn
McCarthy, Karen
McCollum, Betty
McDermott, Jim
McGovern, James P.
McNulty, Michael R.
Meek, Kendrick
Menendez, Robert
Michaud, Michael
Millender-McDonald, Juanita
Miller, Brad
Miller, George
Mollohan, Alan B.
Moore, Dennis
Moran, James P.
Nadler, Jerrold
Napolitano, Grace F.
Neal, Richard E.
Oberstar, James L.
Obey, David R.
Olver, John W.
Ortiz, Solomon P.
Owens, Major R.
Pallone, Frank
Pascrell, Bill
Payne, Donald M.
Pomeroy, Earl
Price, David E.
Rangel, Charles B.
Reyes, Silvestre
Rodriguez, Ciro D.
Ross, Mike
Rothman, Steven R.
Roybal-Allard, Lucille
Ruppersberger, Dutch
Rush, Bobby L.
Ryan, Tim
Sabo, Martin Olav
Sanchez, Loretta
Sanchez, Linda
Sandlin, Max
Schakowsky, Janice D.
Schiff, Adam
Scott, David
Serrano, Jose E.
Skelton, Ike
Slaughter, Louise McIntosh
Solis, Hilda
Stark, Fortney Pete
Stenholm, Charles W.
Strickland, Ted
Stupak, Bart
Tauscher, Ellen O.
Tierney, John F.
Turner, Jim
Udall, Mark
Udall, Tom
Van Hollen, Chris
Velazquez, Nydia M.
Waters, Maxine
Watson, Diane
Watt, Melvin L
Waxman, Henry A.
Weiner, Anthony D.
Wexler, Robert
Woolsey, Lynn C.
Wu, David