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May Capitol Hill Watch Alert

Vote Expected in the Full House on the
Hope for 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.

What 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.

Contact Information:

Call your representative and urge him/her to support the Hope for Children Act of 2001 (H.R. 622).

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)

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

To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.

Addressing Correspondence:

The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative (last name):

To view a sample letter to a congressman, go to http://www.americanvoiceinstitute.org/HopeforChildrenLetter.htm

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