Stop Permanent Repeal of the Estate Tax

This alert provides background information on the estate tax and 5 action steps you can take to help prevent repeal of the estate tax. Read through the alert and then contact your Senators through this legislative link -- the talking points included in this alert are also available there to provide suggestions for your letter or call to your Senators.

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The Ever Expanding Superwaiver

A superwaiver provision is moving through the House that would bring a huge shift of power to the Executive Branch and states to override congressional authorizations and funding decisions for a variety of low-income programs.

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Nonprofit Organizations Around the Country Oppose Super-Waiver

More than 200 organizations from around the country and representing a variety of concerns and issues joined in sending a strong message to Representatives in Congress to oppose the super-waiver that has been included in the House's TANF reauthorization bills. The full letter, with all 200+ organizations, is provided here. For more information on the super-waiver and why these organizations are concerned, see OMB Watch's Super-Waiver Updates

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Super-Waiver Update

The "super-waiver" has made its way through both the House Ways and Means Committee and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. The two bills will have to be joined in the Rules Committee and will likely be on the House floor the week of May 13. The current list of programs eligible for the super-waiver remains small but significant -- CCDBG, TANF, SSBG, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Wagner-Peyser (Employment Services), and the Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals program ? and it is possible that other programs could be added.

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The Deficit is Growing! The Deficit is Growing!

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has issued its latest report on the FY 2002 budget deficit, which is now expected to reach up to $100 billion.

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Update: Super-Waiver is the Wrong Tool for the Job

Since being introduced as part of the TANF reauthorization bills earlier this month, the President’s "super-waiver" provision has undergone several significant revisions. The original provisions included in Rep. Wally Herger's (R-CA) H.R. 4090, and Rep. Buck McKeon's (R-CA) H.R. 4092, TANF bills allowed for governors to request a waiver of any statute or rule applied to any program in the Departments of Labor, HHS, and Education. All that would be required of the governor was a proposal showing how the waiver was neutral in cost. The Secretary of the petitioned department would have 90 days to sign off on the proposal, and if the state received no response within 90 days, the proposal could be deemed approved.

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Supplemental vs. The Budget Deficit

The House Appropriations Committee will not be marking up the President's FY 2002 $27.1 billion supplemental spending request, as scheduled for tomorrow – and, in fact, the delay on the supplemental seems to be indefinite at this point, according to many sources.

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We Cannot Make Estate Tax Repeal Permanent

Estate tax repeal proponents, unwilling to postpone their agenda to eliminate the country’s most progressive tax, even in the face of an ever-increasing number of costly national priorities and an estimated $100 billion deficit for this fiscal year (see related story, this issue), have continued to push for permanent repeal at every opportunity.

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Super-Waiver Update! (April 19, 2002)

A legislative provision with far-reaching effects that should be of concern to all nonprofits has passed two House subcommittees in the TANF welfare reauthorization bill.

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Tax Day

As people around the country bring last-minute work on their tax returns to a close today, the House Republican leaders are gearing up for their annual "Tax Freedom" day – a time for denigrating government spending and the taxes that enable the government to provide the services that help support the country. This year, the legislative focus of their Tax Freedom day is likely to be the introduction, on April 18, of legislation to make permanent last year’s $1.35 trillion tax cut, which expires (or "sunsets") at the end of 2010.

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