Hoyer Statement In Response to Reports on His Pen and Pad Tax Cut Comments

For Immediate Release:

September 15, 2010

Contact:Katie Grant
Maureen Beach
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC - Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding his comments about tax cuts:

 
“In response to a question about tax cuts for middle income taxpayers, I reiterated my position that I was for extending those tax cuts for families earning $250,000 or less. I was then asked, if I would be willing to talk about going above that level. I reiterated my position. But as always, I was willing to talk to others about their positions. Unfortunately, the reports of my answer implied a willingness to support an extension of Bush policies. That is incorrect.
 
“Neither the adverse effect on the deficit, nor the lack of positive economic benefit, justifies such actions. As a result, I said: ‘that, [the willingness to talk] does not mean that you take actions which you don’t believe are appropriate.'”
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