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House Democrats Push for a December 2nd Vote on Tax Cuts, for the Middle Class

Nancy Pelosi photo portrait as Speaker of the ...Image via Wikipedia
Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-CA) is willing to lead the U.S. House
 Democrats in voting on a tax cuts, but
 for the Middle Class

At a briefing with reporters on December 1st, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) stated that Democrats are preparing bringing the legislation to the floor for an up or down vote middle and lower class tax cuts, on December 2nd.

Representative Hoyer also replied that President Barack Obama’s negotiation with Republicans on extending the Bush tax cuts to all income tax payers, including the very wealthy; should not be impacted by the House's upcoming vote.
"I talked to Mr. Van Hollen, (Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), representing Democrats in the negotiation process) and he and I both agree that this matter moving forward should not undermine negotiations on a compromise," Hoyer claimed
"I'm hopeful that we will able to pass that bill unanimously because the American public wants us to find places for agreement," Hoyer stated.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) addressed, via Politico, the decision on voting to extend the tax cuts to middle class Americans; while on December 1st, Republicans sign a pledge to block all legislation, until the rich receive tax cuts and a 2011 Federal budget is penned.
“You hear talk about extending tax cuts for the wealthiest people in America. And those tax cuts we are told should not be paid for; $700 billion dollars in tax cuts for the top 2 percent in our country. And our Republican colleagues say we should do that and we should not pay for it”, Pelosi told Politico.  
“We should add that $700 billion dollars to the deficit,” she told dozens of unemployed workers who came to the Capitol to lobby for passing an extension of unemployment benefits.”

Speaker Pelosi called out the GOP ironic nature of adding to the federal deficit of $13.7 Trillion Dollars, while calling for jobless benefits –which expired on November 30th for 2 Million of American job seekers- while demanding unemployment insurance is paid for.
“But when it comes to the unemployment insurance and just the renewal we want to have would cost $18 billion … they’re saying that has to be paid for. Have to pay for unemployment insurance, we don’t have to pay for tax cuts for the rich,” Pelosi stated

Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) stated that he believe that passing supplemental income benefits is a “moral imperative” and should not be subject to political deals.
"I believe that passing unemployment insurance is a moral imperative, not a political deal," Hoyer told the Hill Wednesday. "We have millions of American families who are without the resources to have any confidence they can put food on the table the next day, pay their rent, get gasoline in their car so they can go looking for a job."
In the Senate, the situation is tenser. Democrats now only hold 59 seats in the chamber, after Senator-Elect Mark Kirk (D-IL) was sworn in on December 29th. With the change of a filibuster proof majority, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) would need at least two Republican Senators to cross over and vote with the Democrats.  

Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), who signed the Republican Senator pledge to block all measures that did not address the tax cuts and Federal budget first; signaled in a statement, released this afternoon concern about the loss of supplemental income payment benefits to the nations’ jobless.
"I also call upon leadership on both sides to ensure that the expiration of unemployment benefits is seamlessly addressed so that there are no gaps for those individuals looking for work but unable to find jobs," Snowe stated to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.
Senate Democrats failed on Tuesday to push through a one-year extension on measure S.3981-“The Unemployment Insurance Stabilization Act of 2010 at an estimated cost of $56 billion; after a single stand-alone filibuster by Senator Scott Brown (R-MA). 

Congressman Steny Hoyer also stated that House is considering bringing back to the floor HR-6419-“The Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act, after the November vote on the measure, failed to pass the “under a suspension of the rules” process.  

For the measure to pass, House Democrats needed a two-thirds majority. Another effort to pass the bill could occur under a normal procedure requiring a simple majority, making it more likely to pass, Hoyer said.

“I think that making a political deal on unemployment insurance is not what America ought to be about,” Hoyer said.

Benefits ran out on November 30th at midnight for 800,000 unemployed workers and 1.2 million jobless payments also will cease, by the end of the month. Another 6 Million unemployed job seekers, known as the “99ers” (those who received between 73-99 weeks of jobless payments) benefits ended in April 2010.

A bill to address extending 20 weeks of payments and offer a $2000 tax credit to employers, to hire long-term unemployed 99ers, HR-4213 “The Americans Want to Work Act” has been frozen in the Senate since a September 28th  filibuster by lame-duck Senator George Lemieux (R-FL), citing deficit concerns.

What are your thoughts on this article? Are the House Democrats taking a stand that President Obama seem either unwilling or unable to take on unemployment benefits and the middle class tax cuts? Feel free to comment on this story, below!
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1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Here we go again.The country is not for millionnaires only. So let me see if I have this right. Let's balance the budget of the nation on the backs of unemployed people, and people who are retired,. Heaven forbid that 80 millionnaires including Buffet think that the taxes should go to the people who can afford them. I had to retire early because of my not finding a job at the age of 62. Oh the republicans want to change that age too. Well you know something it is kind of hard to know what will happen to me. I cannot find a job, you want to raise the retirement age and OH that's right I should pay higher taxes and if I keep my retirement pay let us not forget to take money from that too, how equitable is that? You know it is the old story IF THE PROBLEM IS NOT YOURS, YOU REALLY DON'T CARE. AND TO ALL THE REPUBLICANS WHO CAN AFFORD TAXES BUT PREFER TO SCREW US, THE MIDDLE CLASS, THE NEW LOW CLASS, let me tell you YOU ARE WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE ECONOMY. I CANNOT AFFORD YOU. To a writer from the tribune who I wrote to who wanted to give unemployed people 0 dollars, i told him WAIT, WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR JOB, THEN YOU WILL THINK TWICE ABOUT SUGGESTING THAT UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE NOT GETTING MONEY WILL FIND A JOB QUICKER. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE DAY YOU ARE UNEMPLOYED AND YOU STAND IN JOB FAIR LINES ALL DAY. TO THE REPUBLICANS WHO ARE HOLDING US HOSTAGE, AND YOU ARE, GET REAL.

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