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Motion that the House Disagree to the Senate Amendments and request a Conference with the Senate on H.R. 3630 - Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011 (Rep. Camp – Ways and Means) This motion would stop the Senate proposal from being enacted into law. The House Republican Leadership has now refused to allow a vote on the bipartisan agreement that was adopted by a bipartisan vote of 89-10 in the Senate on Saturday. House Republicans must bring the bipartisan stop-gap measure to the House Floor for an up-or-down vote immediately to give middle class families certainty that they will not see their taxes increase while negotiations continue on a long term bill.
This vote is a procedural vote on disagreeing to the Senate amendment and requesting a Conference. If the motion is adopted, it would kill the Senate agreement. It will guarantee that the House of Representatives will not vote on the bipartisan Senate agreement, which 39 Senate Republicans and 50 Senate Democrats supported. This motion continues the pattern of the House Republicans’ inability to take “yes” for an answer.
With millions of Americans struggling, it would be irresponsible for Speaker Boehner to block a bipartisan agreement that would protect middle-class families from the tax increase looming on January 1st. It is time for Speaker Boehner to follow through with his promise and bring up the Senate-passed bill. Members are urged to VOTE NO on the Motion to go to Conference.
- Senate Amendment to H.R. 2056 - To instruct the Inspector General of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to study the impact of insured depository institution failures, and for other purposes (Rep. Westmoreland - Financial Services)
- Senate Amendment to H.R. 1801 - Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act (Rep. Cravaack - Homeland Security)
- Senate Amendment to H.R. 1059 - To protect the safety of judges by extending the authority of the Judicial Conference to redact sensitive information contained in their financial disclosure reports, and for other purposes (Rep. Conyers - Judiciary)
- Senate Amendment to H.R. 515 - Belarus Democracy and Human Rights Act of 2011 (Rep. Smith (NJ) - Foreign Affairs)
|The Daily Quote|
“I'm hopeful, maybe without basis, the House of Representatives will pass the bill the senate passed and it will do so tonight. Speaker Boehner is under enormous pressure. He's gotten a lot of feedback from many Republicans who say we just don't like it [the payroll tax cut]. As a matter of fact, many Republicans would say we don't really want the extension of the unemployment compensation or the rest of it anyway. But I'm hopeful that our majority, Republicans and Democrats today, will proceed, because it seems to me this is best for the country as well as for all the individuals who are affected.”
- Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN), 12/19/11
“We are witnessing the concluding convulsion of confrontation and obstruction in the most unproductive, Tea Party-dominated partisan session of the Congress — the most partisan of which I have participated,” Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, said during a news briefing on Monday.
- The New York Times, 12/19/11