December 20, 2011
Congressman André Carson Supports Bipartisan Senate Agreement, Says Washington’s Political Games are Crippling the Middle Class
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman André Carson today voiced his support for the Bipartisan Senate Amendment to H.R. 3630 – The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011. The agreement passed the Senate with overwhelming support from both parties, yet Republicans refused to offer similar support in the House. Instead, House Republicans voted to delay the bill by sending it to conference for further, unnecessary negotiations with the Senate. If passed, the Senate amendment would have extended through February 29th the current payroll tax cut, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program and Medicare physician reimbursement rates. The two month extension would give the House and Senate a chance to come to a long-term bipartisan agreement that does not include partisan provisions that hurt the American people.
Congressman Carson today expressed his disappointment in the ongoing gridlock in Washington, saying, “The American people are not asking for Democrats or Republicans to save the day, they are asking Congress as a whole to do our job. They are asking those who claim to represent the people’s needs to stop taking jabs at one another and start solving problems.”
Congressman Carson went on to say, “It is disappointing that while our colleagues in the Senate were able to come to an agreement that moves us forward, Republicans in the House are yet again using delay tactics and political games to push their ideological agenda. We need a yearlong deal, but it should not come at the expense of critical programs that millions of American families and seniors rely on.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joined with 39 of his Republican colleagues in support of the bipartisan bill over the weekend, but Speaker of the House John Boehner refused to compromise, putting 160 million Americans at risk for an end of year tax increase.
“Even in this holiday season, it seems that many of my colleagues in Washington have forgotten the people back home. They are concerned with races in 2012, Presidential primaries, and political pride rather than the economic reality facing struggling families all over the country,” Carson said. “These political games in Washington are crippling the middle class, and we must put a stop to it.”
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