Thursday, May 22, 2008


Washington, D.C.—Iowa Congressman Tom Latham voted to support military personnel and volunteer firefighters in the U.S. House of Representatives this week. The congressman voted for the Heroes Earning Assistance and Relief Tax Act which will provide tax relief to members of the military and volunteer firefighters if it clears the U.S. Senate and the White House.

"We must do everything we can to help these men and women who volunteer to put their lives on the line," said Congressman Latham. "All too often do we hear about volunteer firefighters having to move out of their service area because taxes have become too high. Our service men and women have to weigh a decrease in their standard of living against moving farther away from things like grocery stores and schools. We must come together, with bipartisan support, to make sure this bill becomes law."

The Heroes Earning Assistance and Relief Tax Act, also known as H.R. 6081, makes tax relief permanent for Iowa's military families, including tax relief under the Earned Income Tax Credit. It further provides financial security for our soldiers by making sure that reservists called up for active duty will not suffer a pay-cut upon returning home. At the same time, it helps military families understand the availability of recovery rebates and expands homeownership opportunities for veterans.

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