Items you may want to do press on:
- Cover the Uninsured Week
- H.R. 4275 - Permanent extension of 10% income tax bracket
- Conference Report on H.Con.Res. 393 - Republican Budget Resolution for FY 2005
- H.R. 4279 - Health Savings Accounts
- H.R. 4280 - Medical Malpractice bill
- H.R. 4281 - Association Health Plans
Permanent extension of 10% income tax bracket
This bill is the third in a series of four tax bills that the House Republicans are bringing to the Floor over consecutive weeks in order to provide political cover to their marginal members. They have openly stated to the press that they don't expect these bills to become law.
This is a good opportunity for Democrats to reiterate their support for fiscally responsible middle-class tax relief as we will offer a better bill, which will be fiscally responsible.
More details on the Republican and Democratic bills will be available next week.
Conference Report on Fiscal Year 2005 Republican Budget Resolution
Republican infighting continues to bog down the 2005 Budget Resolution. It appears unlikely that a conference report will come to the Floor next week. However, Democrats should continue to talk about Republican refusal to include in the budget a real "pay-as-you-go" provision to rein in the record deficits caused by irresponsible Republican policies.
The Senate Budget would reinstate expired "pay-as-you-go" rules that mandate offsets for new tax cuts and entitlement spending.
The House Democratic Budget contained similar "pay-as-you-go" language, and Democrats offered a motion to instruct conferees to accept the Senate "pay-as-you-go" language during House passage.
A vote for the Republican Budget Conference Report will also be a vote to raise the debt limit for the third time since the Bush Administration came to office in 2001. The debt limit was $5.9 trillion when George W. Bush took office and had not been raised in the previous four years. Passage of this FY05 conference report will spin off a resolution to increase the debt limit by another $700 billion that will be deemed to have passed the House. Such an action is another attempt to hide from any accountability and will result in raising the debt limit to $8.1 trillion in FY05.
The GOP budget anticipates having to borrow trillions more in the future and eventually will increase our nation's debt to $10.4 trillion in FY09. Last year the Republican budget anticipated a debt of $10.1 trillion in FY09 and more than $12 trillion for FY13.
A vote for the conference report is, in effect, a vote to increase the debt burden by $2,000 on every man, woman, and child in the United States without any honest debate or accountability.
The Democratic Whip Website's Budget Clearinghouse section on Fiscal Responsibility may help you in doing press on House Democratic support for fiscal responsibility and real "pay-as-you-go," and House Republicans' refusal to seriously tackle the ballooning deficits that are threatening Social Security, Medicare and our ability to invest in America's future.