Week Ahead ● Defense and National Security
For Immediate Release: 
June 23, 2003
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» Please view the "Weekly Whip" outlining the Floor Schedule for the week of June 23,   2003.

Floor items that you may want to do press on:

H.R. ___ - Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for FY 2004

H.R. ___ - Military Construction Appropriations Bill for FY 2004

H.R.  ___ - Prescription Drug and Medicare Modernization Act of 2003

H.R. 2351 - Medical Savings Account Act

H.R. ___ - Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for FY 2004 and H.R. ___ - Military Construction Appropriations Bill for FY 2004

Next week, the House is expected to vote on the Homeland Security and Military Construction Appropriations bills for fiscal year 2004.  These two bills provide a perfect opportunity to demonstrate the trade-offs that the Republican Party has made: tax cuts over strengthening homeland security, and tax cuts over adequately housing and otherwise providing for our troops

House Appropriations Ranking Member David Obey offered an amendment in the full committee mark-ups of both bills that would have slightly decreased the amount that President Bush's tax cut provides to those making over $1 million a year. Specifically, the 200,000 people with incomes over $1 million would have their 2004 tax cut reduced from $88,326 to $83,326. The amendment would have generated $1 billion to restore cuts to housing and other programs for military personnel and their families and to fund improvements to key security vulnerabilities.

Mr. Obey will continue to pursue this amendment as these bills are debated in the Rules Committee and on the Floor, and it is an easy way to dramatize to constituents and the press the choices that Republicans have made by pursuing their trillions of dollars in tax cuts.

Attached is information from the Office of the Democratic Whip and the Democratic Staff of the House Appropriations Committee to assist you in doing press on these two appropriations bills:

  • Statement from Congressman Hoyer on the Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations bill that may be used as a template or example of how to argue about the horrible Republican tradeoffs between tax cuts and funding important programs
  • Two attachments from the Democratic Staff of the Appropriations Committee discussing the cuts to military housing and other programs, and the vulnerable areas in homeland security that that could have been funded by the "millionaires amendment".

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