House GOP Walks Away From America's Middle Class
This morning, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and Rep. Chris Van Hollen went to the House Floor to simply ask for a vote on a bipartisan bill that passed the Senate 89 to 10 to extend the payroll tax cut for 160 million American workers and unemployment benefits for 2.3 million people looking for work, and ensure access for 48 million seniors to their doctors. Yet instead voting on this critical bill, Republicans literally walked away from helping middle class Americans. Watch:
It’s time for John Boehner and Eric Cantor to stop standing in front of a few television cameras and insisting that they’re working on behalf of the American people. If they really want to help the middle class, working families, and seniors, they should work with House Democrats to pass the Senate’s bipartisan compromise to extend the payroll tax cut.
Three quarters of Congress - Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans, and House Democrats - all agree, we should extend the payroll tax cut. Now, the House GOP stands alone in risking a tax increase for 160 million Americans and the loss of unemployment benefits for people who have lost their job through no fault of their own.
Now is the time for House Republicans to put aside the political theatrics and start working to help America’s middle class, working families, and seniors.
For more information on how the House GOP is playing political games and leaving Americans at risk of a tax hike in just 11 days, click here.