Jun 27, 2008
Payback Time: Boehner to Thank Reichert for Voting Against Middle Class Tax Relief
Here he comes. Straight from Washington, DC, Minority Leader John Boehner is coming to Bellevue to host a fundraiser for Representative Dave Reichert to thank Reichert for voting -- five times -- against providing tax relief to Washingtonians struggling in the Bush-Reichert economy. Reichert himself said that when a Member of the Republican House leadership such as Boehner tells him to cast a particular vote, he often does it. This week alone, Reichert voted with Republican leadership against providing relief to more than 103,000 taxpayers in Washington's eighth congressional district and more than 25 million families nationwide.
"In Washington State, Representative Dave Reichert says he's for the middle class, but in Washington, DC, Reichert is just a rubber stamp for the Republican leadership even if it's not his constituents' best interest," said Yoni Cohen, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Reichert followed Minority Leader Boehner's marching orders and voted against helping Washington families squeezed by the Bush economy. Boehner is padding Reichert's pockets because Reichert works to empty taxpayers' pockets."
- Reichert: "You have to be flexible. So when the leadership comes to me and says, 'Dave, we need you to take a vote over here because we want to protect you and keep this majority,' I do it. There are some times when I say, 'No, I won't.'" [Reichert bitten by sound bite, The Seattle Times, 10/20/06]
- On Wednesday, Boehner criticized the Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act and Reichert joined Boehner in voting against the bill, which will provide a one-year fix that will prevent 25 million additional taxpayers from being hit by the AMT on their 2008 tax returns. [House Republican Leader press release, 6/25/08; HR 6275, #455, 6/25/08]
- According to projections from the House Ways and Means Committee, an estimated 103,362 taxpayers in WA-08 will be hit by the Alternative Minimum Tax in 2008. [http://waysandmeans.house.gov/media/pdf/110/wa.pdf]
- In 2007, Reichert twice voted against legislation that would provide a one-year adjustment to exempt an additional 21 million taxpayers from paying the alternative minimum tax on income from 2007. [HR 4351, Vote #1153, 12/12/07; HR 3996, Vote #1081, 11/9/07]
- In 2006, Reichert voted against two efforts by Democrats to instruct House conferees negotiating a tax cut package with the Senate to protect middle-class families from the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). [HR4297, Vote #74, 3/29/06 and Vote #94, 4/06/06]