The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy

Joel P. Rutkowski, President

E-Legislative Action Alert

URGENT RESPONSE REQUESTED

Tuesday, September 12, 2000

 

MARRIAGE TAX PENALTY RELIEF RECONCILIATION ACT OF 2000 (H.R. 4810)

On July 20, 2000, the House of Representatives passed the Marriage Tax Penalty Relief Reconciliation Act of 2000 (For a summary of this bill, refer to: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d106:h.r.04810:) by a vote of 271-156 (To see how your representative voted refer to:

http://143.231.123.93/cgi-bin/vote.exe?year=2000&rollnumber=418). The Senate voted 60-34 on July 21, 2000, for the measure (To see how your senators voted refer to: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/vote1062/vote_00226.html). Unfortunately, President Clinton vetoed the $292 billion, ten-year tax reduction that would have given millions of American families a much needed tax relief.

Married couples that file a joint income tax return pay more in taxes than unmarried couples living together as a result of the current tax structure. To override the President’s veto, the House of Representatives will vote on this on Wednesday, September 13, 2000.

E-LEGISLATIVE ACTION FOCUS

Please call your representative immediately to SUPPORT the veto override of the Marriage Tax Penalty Relief Reconciliation Act of 2000 (H.R. 4810).

Capitol Hill Switchboard Toll-free Number: 877-778-9001 (This number will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office)

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Ask for your representative's office)

To go to a representative's web site or to find out who your representative is:

http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html

SCOUTING FOR ALL ACT (H.R. 4892)

On Wednesday, September 13, 2000, the House of Representatives will vote on the Scouting For All Act H.R. 4892 to repeal the Federal Charter of the Boy Scouts of America as a result of the organization's policy toward homosexuals.

E-LEGISLATIVE ACTION FOCUS

Please call immediately and urge your representative NOT to support the Scouting For All Act H.R. 4892.

Capitol Hill Switchboard Toll-free Number: 877-778-9001 (This number will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office)

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Ask for your representative's office)

To go to a representative's web site or to find out who your representative is:

http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html

HATE CRIME LEGISLATION

In June, Senator Ted Kennedy (Democrat-Massachusetts) successfully attached a hate crimes amendment to the Defense Authorization bill (S. 2549) that passed the Senate by a 57 to 42 vote (To see how your senators voted refer to: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/vote1062/vote_00136.html) but has stalled in the House. The hate crimes language is not included in the House version. However, currently meeting to work out the differences is a conference committee. Jurisdiction over virtually every hate-crime regardless of whether federal involvement was sought by the states would be given by the Kennedy amendment. Also, to the list of hate crimes already covered by federal law the provision would add actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation or disability. Only crimes involving race, religion or national origin are covered under current law. Additionally, the circumstances under which federal prosecutors could get involved would broaden. In states that lack such laws it would also allow federal prosecutors to seek additional penalties for hate crimes and would allow state and local prosecutors to apply for federal assistance of as much as $100,000.

The House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday, September 13, 2000, on a motion offered by Representative Barney Frank (Democrat-Massachusetts) that would instruct the conference committee to keep the Kennedy Hate Crime legislation passed by the Senate. There is no need to expand federal hate crime laws that create special classes of crime victims. Currently, regardless of group affiliation there are laws that protect all individuals that must be enforced.

E-LEGISLATIVE ACTION FOCUS

Please call immediately and urge your representative NOT to support Representative Frank's motion to instruct conferees regarding hate crimes.

Capitol Hill Switchboard Toll-free Number: 877-778-9001 (This number will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office)

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Ask for your representative's office)

To go to a representative's web site or to find out who your representative is

http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html

TO AUTHORIZE EXTENSION OF NONDISCRIMINATORY TREATMENT (NORMAL TRADE RELATIONS TREATMENT) TO THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (H.R. 4444)

On legislation that would grant Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) to China H.R. 4444 a final vote is expected by Friday, September 15, 2000, after months of delay. Last May the House passed the bill by a 237 to 197 vote (To see how your representative voted refer to:

http://143.231.123.93/cgi-bin/vote.exe?year=2000&rollnumber=228).

The trade bill would reward a Communist regime that threatens Taiwan and oppresses its own people through forced sterilization and abortion practices. Several amendments that would have required China to ensure religious freedom and would have retained the current practice of annual review of U.S.-China trade were handily defeated in the Senate last week. Furthermore, China, Russia and North Korea are cited as key suppliers of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons technology notes a recent CIA report. Also it was reported that China is helping Pakistan, Libya and Iran with their weapon programs.

E-LEGISLATIVE ACTION FOCUS

Please call immediately and urge your senators NOT to support Permanent Normal Trade Relations (to China) H.R. 4444.

Capitol Hill Switchboard Toll-free Number: 877-778-9001 (This number will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your senator's office)

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Ask for your senator's office)

To go to a senator's web site, find their E-mail or to find out who they are:

http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index_by_state.cfm