With only eleven days to go until 160 million Americans are hit with an unnecessary tax hike, and the millions more unemployed Americans lose their financial lifeline, House Republicans, including Congressman Steve Pearce, have once again turned their backs on working families here in New Mexico and throughout the nation and voted against extending the payroll tax cut for the middle class. For many among us, in this holiday season, unemployment insurance will end as well.
The vote by House Republicans to raise taxes on the middle class comes only three days after members of both political parties in the U.S. Senate were able to reason together to extend the payroll tax cut for working Americans, and unemployment insurance benefits for millions more in this economic downturn. While the Senate was able to come together to act in the interest of the well-being of our entire nation, House Republicans cling to their reckless path. Instead Congressman Pearce and the Republican leadership in the House have bowed, disgracefully once again, to the extremist aims of the so-called Tea Party and put our national well being, and our fragile economy at further risk. With today’s shameful vote as an example, it should hardly be a surprise that Americans of every political stripe holds the Congress in such contempt. Today’s action by Republicans in the House is simply extremist partisanship at its worst.
The Democratic Party of Doña Ana County calls on Congressman Steve Pearce and his colleagues in the House of Representatives to, once and for all, abandon their current direction, and to get back to work in the interest of all Americans, for a change, and not just the ideological aims of the so-called Tea Party. We wish they would do so now, while there is still time to act. We hope Congressman Pearce and his colleagues will come to their senses in time. Failing that, we promise to hold them accountable next fall.
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Will House Republicans Allow Taxes To Go Up
On 160 Million Americans?
This is a make or break moment for the middle class. President Obama and Democrats are determined to protect the payroll tax cut for millions of American families, but Congressman Steve Pearce and his fellow Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives are standing in the way.
After some tough negotiations and months of Republican opposition, the U.S. Senate came to a bipartisan compromise that extends the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance benefits. This bill received 89 votes, including 39 Republican votes. We’re pleased that Republicans were finally showing a willingness to not raise taxes on middle class families.
The near 90 percent approval by the Senate demonstrates the view by the overwhelming number of Senate Republicans – as well as Democrats – that the best way to achieve the President’s goal of ensuring that taxes were not increased on 160 million working Americans and protecting unemployment insurance benefits for 2.5 million people was to support this bipartisan compromise.
Speaker Boehner himself yesterday called it a “good deal” and a “victory.” After it passed, Senator Hatch said, “This is probably a done deal in the House; it should be.” Well, we couldn’t agree more.
Senator McConnell said, “in order to achieve something around here, you’ve got to compromise… What we’ve done here is crafted a bill not designed to fail but designed to pass.”
On CNN Senator Blunt said, “I think the House has to deal with it and look at the fact that it was paid for, it extends not just the payroll tax but also the unemployment insurance.”
It’s time for House Republicans like Congressman Steve Pearce to listen to the American people, and their colleagues in the Senate. It’s time for them too stop playing politics and get the job done. If Steve Pearce and the Tea Party Republicans in the House refuse to pass this bipartisan bill to extend the payroll tax cut, there will be a significant tax increase on 160 million hardworking Americans in 13 days that would damage the economy and job growth. That’s unacceptable. They need to get to work and finish the job.