The backs of the poor

Thomas Cagle (
Sun, 3 Oct 1999 08:17:24 -0400

From: "Chris Collier" <>

Warning:  Tirade to follow

Sorry, folks, but this is just too obvious to not point out.  Here's a
good example of where the Republicans REALLY stand on giving hard earned
tax money back to working families.  They're saying to delay it.=20
They're not saying (in any way, shape or form) to delay existing, huge
tax breaks and loop-holes for the rich or big corporations.  This is
really, and I mean really, disgusting and should leave no, and I mean
absolutely none whatsoever, doubt as to whose wealth and property
Republicans are in Congress to defend.  And, it's not yours or mine!=20
And, it's not our children's education they give a damn about!  Their
kids are tucked away in safer neighborhoods and extremely better
schools.  Why should they vote for more programs for needy kids; they
don't know any!  And they don't care, as reflected in where they are (or
not) putting their money and values! And, if you don't think more funds
won't improve overall education, try taking a few bucks away from rich
people's schools and see what happens.  They know.


        After signing a stopgap bill (H J Res 68) to keep the government
operating until Oct. 21, President Clinton today threatened to veto the
fiscal 2000 spending bill for the departments of Labor, Health and Human
Services, and Education if Congress adopts a House Republican plan to
delay payments of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for the working
poor. House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, Texas, was expected to offer an
EITC stretch-out amendment during this afternoon's House Appropriations
Committee markup of the Labor-HHS bill. His proposal would offset about
$8.7 billion of the bill's cost by doling out the EITC month by month
instead of in a lump sum, as currently. Clinton, speaking at the White
House shortly after 1 p.m., said he "will not sign" such a bill.
Delaying the EITC, Clinton said, "is an effective tax increase on the
most hard-pressed working Americans." DeLay, however, defended his plan
at a morning news conference. "It is my opinion that the working poor
don't need help with their annual budget," DeLay said. "They need help
with their monthly budget."


        After-school programs were the focus this morning as the Senate
resumed work on its $91.7 billion fiscal 2000 Labor-HHS-Education
spending bill (S 1650). By 54-45, senators tabled an amendment by
Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., that would have directed an additional $200
million to such programs. Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman
Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said the bill includes an increase for
after-school programs in the bill and that there are  no funds for more.
But Boxer and Edward M.Kennedy, D-Mass., said additional after-school
funding was necessary to increase academic achievement and decrease
juvenile crime. With the hope of finishing the Labor-HHS bill this
evening or tomorrow morning, leaders agreed that all first-degree
amendments had to be filed by 2 p.m. today.

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