Press Item ● Defense and National Security
For Immediate Release: 
March 5, 2003
Contact Info: 
Mark Wegner


House Minority Whip Hoyer said Democrats support an armed forces tax fairness bill, which is slated for a floor vote Thursday, but said Democrats would fight the special interest "add-ons" Republicans have included.
     "In committee it was loaded up to give tax breaks to people who are not on the front lines," Hoyer said.
     Hoyer said Republicans have used the noncontroversial bill, which would give military personnel a tax benefit on the sale of a permanent residence, in an attempt to smuggle through unrelated tax breaks.
     "Everybody's favorite grandmother is being asked to carry illegal drugs across the border," Hoyer said.
     Hoyer said Democrats would offer as a substitute a similar Senate bill that does not include the extraneous tax provisions.
     A spokesman for House Majority Leader DeLay said the bill would come up Thursday under a rule, allowing the possibility of a Democratic substitute, and predicted the main bill would have "substantial support."