No problems with domestic help, Mikulski says

February 11, 1993|By Staff Report

Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski says she has nothing to hide in her employment of domestic help.

"I personally have hired no illegal aliens," she said yesterday during a visit to Social Security headquarters in Woodlawn. "Any help I've hired has been through independent contractors."

By law, Social Security and other taxes owed by such workers are the responsibility of their employers, not the homeowner who contracts with the cleaning service.

Other members of Maryland's congressional delegation were polled earlier by The Sun. Most said they or their spouses did their own household work. None reported employing any undocumented workers or failing to pay taxes for help they did hire.

A spokeswoman for Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, a member of the House Democratic leadership from southern Maryland, refused to comment on whether he had ever broken the laws on employing domestic help.

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