The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to begin consideration of a bill to repeal the 3% withholding mandate next week. This effort is a response to a new law that will require federal, state, and local governments to withhold 3% from all payments for goods and services beginning in 2012 as a guard against possible business tax evasion. The bill will first be considered by the House Ways and Means Committee, followed by a vote on the House floor as early as the week of Oct. 24.
AGC wants as many representatives to vote for the bill as possible in order to send a strong message to the Senate to follow suit. We are asking you and your employees to contact your representative today and urge them to cosponsor and support passage of H.R. 674. The House bill currently has 258 cosponsors while the Senate cosponsor list has 33 signatures.
The most recent additions to the House cosponsor list are:
Rep Matheson, Jim [UT-2] - 10/3/2011
Rep Labrador, Raul R. [ID-1] - 10/3/2011
Rep Conaway, K. Michael [TX-11] - 10/3/2011
Rep Johnson, Timothy V. [IL-15] - 10/3/2011
Rep Crenshaw, Ander [FL-4] - 10/3/2011
Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-9] - 10/3/2011
Rep McNerney, Jerry [CA-11] - 10/5/2011
Rep Cole, Tom [OK-4] - 10/5/2011
Rep Buchanan, Vern [FL-13] - 10/5/2011
Rep Graves, Tom [GA-9] - 10/5/2011
The most recent additions to the Senate cosponsor list are:
Below are four options for contacting your representative:
- Send a letter using AGC’s Legislative Action Center.
- Schedule a meeting with your representative during the District Work Period the week of Oct. 17. Click here for background and talking points.
- Call your representative by dialing (202) 224-3121 and asking for your representative’s office. Click here for a phone script template.
- Tell us your story by replying to this email. Your emails will be shared with our allies on Capitol Hill to support repeal.
Use AGC’s 3 percent withholding website to find additional resources, including talking points, IRS regulations, videos on the impact of this legislation, letters sent to Congress by AGC, and ways to become involved.
Click on your state to find out if your representative has yet to cosponsor H.R. 674.
For more information, contact Karen Lapsevic at (202) 547-4733 or firstname.lastname@example.org.