APCalert <apcalert@...> (edited for date by me)
September 4, 2003
*** EMERGENCY ACTION NEEDED! CRITICALLY IMPORTANT VOTE TODAY,
Tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. the House Ways and Means Committee will vote on
whether to include a massive, unfair, tax-advantage to green land
H.R. 7 (the supposed "Faith-based" initiative).
This is a showdown between property rights advocates and green land
grabbers. The outcome will be CRUCIAL. This is one that property
rights folks CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE!
We only have the next 4 hours to make our voices heard.
Multibillion-dollar, green land trusts like the ever-corrupt Nature
Conservancy are demanding that Congress add a loophole to H.R. 7
discount 50% off of capital gains taxes for a seller of landBUT
land is sold to a land trust or government agency! This places
ELSE at an extreme comparative disadvantage when attempting to
This will severely devalue private property. It will discourage
parties from even bidding on land, so the only offers for land will
by the land-grabbing green groups and government agencies.
This unfair tax advantage would enable The Nature Conservancy and
their greedy cohorts to swallow private property at a RECORD PACE.
** ACTION TO TAKE**
1. Contact the following members of the House Ways and Means
tell them NO TAX FAVORITISM FOR LAND TRUSTS IN H.R. 7!!! Land trusts
federal agencies should NOT be able to peddle a 50% capital gains
tax cut to
sellers of property. It makes it impossible for others to compete
when purchasing land! (Phone calls and faxes are most effective at
late hour. E-mails are important too, but may or may not be read in
have an impact on tomorrow's vote.)
William Thomas (R-CA) PHONE (202) 225-2915 -- FAX (202) 225-8798
Philip Crane (R-IL) PHONE (202) 225-3711 FAX (202) 225-7830 E-
Nancy Johnson (R-CN) PHONE (202 225- 4476 FAX (202 225-4488 E-
go to www.house.gov/nancyjohnson
Amory Houghton (R-NY) PHONE (202) 225-3161 FAX (202) 225-5574 E-
go to www.houghton.house.gov
Wally Herger (R-CA) PHONE (202) 225- 3076 No fax listed E-mail
Jim McCrery (R-LA) PHONE (202) 225-2777 FAX (202) 225-8039 E-
Dave Camp (R-MI) PHONE (202) 225-3561 FAX (202) 225-9679 E-mail
Jim Ramstad (R-MN) PHONE (202) 225-2871 FAX (202) 225-6351 E-
Jim Nussle (R-IA) PHONE (202) 225-2911 FAX (202) 225-9129 E-mail:
Sam Johnson (R-TX) PHONE (202) 225-4201 FAX (202) 225-1485 E-
Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) PHONE (202) 225-7761 FAX (202) 225-8673 E-
Michael Collins (R-GA) PHONE (202) 225-5901 FAX (202) 225-2515 E-
go to www.house.gov/maccollins
Rob Portman (R-OH) PHONE (202) 225-3164 FAX (202) 225-1992 E-
Philip English (R-PA) PHONE (202) 225-5406 FAX (202) 225-3103 E-
go to www.house.gov/english
J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) PHONE (202) 225-2190 FAX (202) 225-3263 E-
Jerry Weller (R-IL) PHONE (202) 225-3635 FAX (202) 225-3521 E-
Kenny Hulshof (R-MO) PHONE (202) 225-2956 FAX (202) 225-5712 E-
go to www.house.gov/hulshof
Scott McInnis (R-CO) PHONE (202) 225-4761 FAX (202) 225-0622 E-
go to www.house.gov/mcinnis
Ron Lewis (R-KY) PHONE (202) 225-3501 FAX (202) 225-2019 E-mail:
Mark Foley (R-FL) PHONE (202) 225-5792 FAX (202) 225-3132 E-
Kevin Brady (R-TX) PHONE (202) 225-4901 FAX (202) 225-5524 E-
Paul Ryan (R-WI) PHONE (202) 225-3031 FAX (202) 225-3393 E-mail
Eric Cantor (R-VA) PHONE (202) 225-2815 FAX (202) 225-0011 E-
2. Call your own Representative, no matter who it is, and tell them
trust tax favoritism in H.R. 7! It doesn't matter if your
conservative or liberalTHEY MUST HEAR FROM YOU! ANY congressman
either way on this issue so let's bring them over to OUR SIDE. House
Switchboard: (202) 225-3121.
3. Contact Congressmen Roy Blunt and Richard Pombo. They are
for property rights and do NOT want to give the multibillion-dollar
trusts and government agencies ANY tax advantages in their never-
quest to gobble up more and more private property. THANK THEM and
know they have your support!
For Rep. Roy Blunt, please contact:
April Ponnuru - april.ponnuru@...
For Rep. Richard Pombo, please contact:
Laura Hylden - laura.hylden@...
***PLEASE FORWARD TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE***