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Roberts asks IRS to help families in mortgage crunch

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Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Sen. Pat Roberts (R)![][1][(WebCPA) Grassley, Colleagues Urge IRS Help on Loan Forgiveness:][2] Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, ranking member of the Committee on Finance, along with two committee members, is urging the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service to take action to ensure that families who lose their homes to foreclosure face more reasonable, accurate tax bills for their home loan debt forgiveness. "Working families who lose their homes are getting hit with huge tax bills," Grassley said. "Some of those bills are unfairly high and even inaccurate. The IRS needs to take steps to ensure the accuracy of the bill in the first place. Then the IRS should offer the taxpayer every opportunity to negotiate the size of the bill and a fair payment plan. The agency has plenty of authority to treat taxpayers reasonably in these situations. It needs to use that authority to serve taxpayers." Grassley and fellow GOP Finance Committee members Sens. Gordon Smith of Oregon and Pat Roberts of Kansas, wrote to the Treasury to urge these changes.Rep. Dennis Moore (D) ![][3][(CQPolitics.com) House Democratic Leaders Face Tricky Path to Passage of Election Bill:][4] Speaker Nancy Pelosi's leadership team is being put to the test over a major election bill that has significant opposition within the Democratic Party. The bill (HR 811), due on the House floor this week, would require a paper record of every vote cast nationwide beginning in 2008. Passing it would allow the leadership to tick a big item off the party's to-do list: Correcting ballot-counting issues that may have contributed to their presidential losses in 2000 and 2004. ... The Democrats' challenges have multiplied because a recent lobbying blitz from state and local governments has lawmakers rethinking their positions. Kansas Democrat Dennis Moore, a leader of the conservative Blue Dog Collation, has suggested that deadlines in the bill should be postponed if funds are not appropriated to help the states pay for the new requirements. Moore would have an easier time lining up support for that idea if the Congressional Budget Office could estimate the size of the mandate in question. But so far, it hasn't been able to quantify all the costs that would be passed along to state and local governments.Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) ![][5]Boyda speaks in Lou Dobbs report on Mexican trucking [1]: http://roberts.senate.gov/Roberts-020405-18060-080-CFFflipped.jpg [2]: http://www.webcpa.com/article.cfm?articleid=25336 [3]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/moore.jpg [4]: http://www.cqpolitics.com/2007/09/house_democratic_leaders_face_1.html [5]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/boyda.jpg

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