Capitol Hill Watch Alert
Expected in the Full House on the
Children Act (H.R. 622)
On May 9,
2001, the House Ways and Means Committee approved the Hope for Children
Act (H.R. 622) that would double the tax credit for expenses of adopting
a child and raise the income eligibility limits for taxpayers who
claim the credit. (To view this bill, visit http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d107:h.r.00622:)
For all adoptions,
including for children with health or other special needs, the measure
could reach the House floor next week. It would increase the credit
from $5,000 to $10,000 starting in 2002. Currently, for taxpayers
earning above $75,000, the credit begins to phase out and for those
above $115,000 it ends completely. The income level at which the credit
starts phasing out would be raised to $150,000 by the bill.
Can You Do?
Send a message
to your national congressman expressing
your support for the Hope for Children Act of 2001 (H.R. 622) to provide
needed tax relief to American families.
representative and urge him/her to support the Hope for Children Act
of 2001 (H.R. 622).
Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will
direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's
To go to your
representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your
representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html
mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
To view a
sample letter to a congressman, go to http://www.americanvoiceinstitute.org/HopeforChildrenLetter.htm