June 2, 2003 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — SENATE S7187
will pay ordinary income rates—cur- Arab Americans: The Post-September the Senate by Ms. Evans, one of his
rently, the top rate is 38.6 percent, on 11 Backlash.’’ This report catalogues secretaries.
any dividends distributed by the cor- the experiences of the Arab-American f
poration. President Bush said we community for the year following the
tragic September 11, 2001 terrorist at- EXECUTIVE MESSAGES REFERRED
should end this double taxation by
eliminating entirely the tax on individ- tacks. According to the report, over 700 As in executive session the Presiding
uals. I fought hard for the original Sen- violent incidents targeting Arab Amer- Officer laid before the Senate messages
ate bill that would have done this, and icans, or those perceived to be Arab from the President of the United
I still believe that is the best tax and Americans, Arabs and Muslims oc- States submitting sundry nominations
economic policy. However, the con- curred in the 9 weeks following the at- and a withdrawal which were referred
ferees from the House were unwilling tacks. to the appropriate committees.
to agree. The compromise we settled on The report demonstrates the pro- (The nominations received today are
will reduce the individual tax rate for found challenges confronting the Arab- printed at the end of the Senate
dividends to 15 percent—a significant American community, as well as other proceedings.)
improvement over current law. I will communities caught up in the post f
continue to work to eliminate the dou- September 11 backlash. However, the
MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE
ble tax on dividends. report also emphasizes that Americans
The bill we pass today also reduces have consistently demonstrated their
the capital gains rate from 20 percent commitment to maintaining tolerance ENROLLED BILLS AND JOINT
to 15 percent, the same rate we will and respect for all Americans and that RESOLUTION SIGNED
now apply to dividends. I believe this is hatred is confined to a distinct minor-
ity. It is this minority that breeds ha- Under the authority of the order of
also good policy and I hope we can January 7, 2003, the Secretary of the
work to eliminate the tax on capital tred and violence against innocent in-
dividuals. Senate, on January 8, 2003, during the
gains too. The dividend and capital recess of the Senate, received a mes-
gains tax relief should boost stock val- I believe that government’s first duty
is to defend its citizens, to defend us sage from the House of Representatives
ues significantly and should make it announcing that the Speaker has
against the harms that come out of
much less costly for businesses to ex- signed the following enrolled bills and
hate. The Local Law Enforcement En-
pand and create jobs. Nearly 420,000 Ar- joint resolution:
hancement Act is a symbol that can
izona taxpayers will benefit from the H.R. 2. An act to provide for reconciliation
become substance. I believe that by
dividends and capital gains tax relief. pursuant to section 201 of the concurrent res-
passing this legislation and changing
This legislation also includes a num- olution on the budget for fiscal year 2004.
current law, we can change hearts and
ber of provisions designed to provide H.R. 2185. An act to extend the Temporary
minds as well. This is a challenge that Extended Unemployment Compensation Act
much-needed tax relief to American
none of my colleagues should shy away of 2002.
families. It increases the child tax
from.∑ H.J. Res. 51. A joint resolution increasing
credit to $1,000 per child, with a good
f the statutory limit on the public debt.
portion of the tax benefits being sent
to families as early as this summer. It TRIBUTE TO BRANDON WORKMAN Under the authority of the order of
also provides additional relief from the January 7, 2003, enrolled bills were
∑ Mr. BUNNING. Mr. President, I rise signed by the President pro tempore on
marriage penalty. In Arizona alone, today to honor and pay tribute to
nearly 450,000 families will benefit from May 23, 2003.
Brandon Workman for being named the At 12:07 p.m., a message from the
the child credit increase and more than United States Achievement Academy’s
600,000 will benefit from the marriage House of Representatives, delivered by
United States National Award winner Ms. Niland, one of its reading clerks,
penalty relief. in mathematics. Brandon, who is from
As I have said, I believe this is a very announced that the House has passed
May’s Lick, KY attends Deming High the following bill, in which it requests
good bill that will do much to encour- School and is the son of Shelly Mitch-
age job creation and economic growth, the concurrence of the Senate:
ell and Robert Workman.
but I believe it could have been better. H.R. 1588. An act to authorize appropria-
Brandon’s enthusiasm towards hard tions for fiscal year 2004 for military activi-
If the House had been willing to accept work and the dedication that he has ties of the Department of Defense, for mili-
some offsets, we could have paid for the applied to his academic performance tary construction, and for defense activities
$20 billion in temporary State aid this has earned him this distinguished of the Department of Energy, to prescribe
bill provides. I also believe we should honor. He certainly deserves this personnel strengths for such fiscal year for
have held firm to the Senate position honor. Brandon’s strong commitment the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.
and eliminated the double tax on divi- to his peers and to being a better cit- The following bill was read the first
dends. Regardless, I am very proud of izen have assured me of his future suc- time:
the business, individual and family tax cess to our Commonwealth and Nation. S. 1162. A bill to amend the Internal Rev-
relief we have provided in this bill. This award is based upon the rec- enue Code of 1986 to accelerate the increase
f ommendations of his school faculty in the refundability of the child tax credit,
and the high standards set forth by the and for other purposes.
ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS academy. Brandon, like all other re- f
cipients of this award, has proven him-
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ACT self in the classroom and has been rec-
ognized by those who teach him and Under the authority of the order of
OF 2003 the Senate of May 23, 2003, the fol-
know him the best in the classroom.
∑ Mr. SMITH. Mr. President, I speak The efforts of Brandon Workman lowing reports of committees were sub-
about the need for hate crimes legisla- should be emulated. Brandon has set an mitted on May 29, 2003:
tion. On May 1, 2003, Senator KENNEDY example that should be recognized by By Mr. LUGAR, from the Committee on
and I introduced the Local Law En- high school students throughout Ken- Foreign Relations, without amendment:
forcement Act, a bill that would add tucky and across America. I am con- S. 1160. An original bill to authorize Mil-
new categories to current hate crimes lennium Challenge assistance, and for other
vinced that he will use his strong abili- purposes (Rept. No. 108–55).
law, sending a signal that violence of ties to make a difference in our coun- S. 1161. An original bill to authorize appro-
any kind is unacceptable in our soci- try. I thank the Senate for allowing me priations for foreign assistance programs for
ety. to recognize Brandon and voice his fiscal year 2004, and for other purposes (Rept.
I would like to bring to my col- praises.∑ No. 108–56).
leagues’ attention a landmark report f f
by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimi-
nation Committee’s Research Insti- MESSAGES FROM THE PRESIDENT REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
tute, ADCRI, entitled, ‘‘Report on Hate Messages from the President of the The following reports of committees
Crimes and Discrimination Against United States were communicated to were submitted:
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