Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste II

by | May 19, 2020 | Legislation, Special Alerts

Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff said “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) is still trying to use the current crisis to advance favorite projects.
The 1,800 page H.R.6800, the HEROES Act, was introduced 5/12/20 by New York Democrat Nita Lowey.
The “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act”, passed the House 218-199 on 5/15/20.
New Hampshire Representatives Chris Pappas (CD-1) and Anne Kuster (CD-2) both voted for it.

A prior HEROES Act, H.R.6433, was introduced 4/3/20 by Michigan Republican Bill Huizenga.
The “Helping Emergency Responders Overcome Emergency Situations Act”, would exclude from tax 3 months of gross income for first responders. That HEROES Act has, of course, gone nowhere in the 116th Congress.

Click here for a 90 page “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act” summary.
Here are some items in the “Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act.”

Sec. 20161. Elimination for 2020 and 2021 of limitation on deduction of state and local taxes.
Eliminates the limitation on the deduction for state and local taxes for taxable years 2020 and 2021.
This is a gift to high tax states whose deductions were limited by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Sec. 70103. Presidential Explanation of Failure to Nominate an Inspector General.
Sec. 70104. Inspector General Independence.

Asserts control of the President when hiring, not hiring, or dismissing Inspectors General.

Sec. 110501. Payments for private education loan borrowers as a result of the COVID–19 emergency.
Up to $10,000 in debt relief for private student loans; Treasury Department to make monthly payments.

Sec. 702. Confinement Facility Communications Services, During the Pandemic and Other Times.
Mandatory, immediate, interim cap on all rates charged for voice and video calls to or from prisons or jails

Sec. 150117. Writing Down Balances for Federal Student Loan Borrowers.
Provide $10,000 of up-front debt relief for all Department of Education loan borrowers.

Sec. 191203. Temporary Protections for Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.
Temporary protections to undocumented workers engaged in essential critical infrastructure work.

The “American Coronavirus/COVID-19 Election Safety and Security Act” or the “ACCESS Act”.
Click here for comments on this effort to take over Election Law and eliminate many protections against fraud.

H.R.6800 undercuts NH election laws and reduces our NH tax advantage over other states.

But our NH Representatives, Democrats Chris Pappas (CD-1) and Anne Kuster (CD-2) voted for that.
You can click on their names for their contact information.

We need to elect a Taxpayer-friendly Legislature in DC (and in Concord) in 2020!
Or at least Representatives that can prioritize New Hampshire interests over their liberal agenda.

Posted by GST Chairman Ray Chadwick


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