WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) joined with a working family from St. Mary’s County, Maryland (part of the 5th Congressional District) to speak out on behalf of the 6.5 million working, tax-paying families who will not receive the increase in the child tax credit today like millions of others because of Republican obstructionism. Democrats have pursued a series of procedural motions this week on the House Floor to compel the Republican leadership to bring the child tax credit bill to the floor, but Republican leaders have refused. The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:
“They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Today I argue that a family is worth thousands of words. All the words that Republicans and Democrats have thrown back and forth at each other over the past six weeks since the Republicans left six and a half million families out of the child tax credit increase don’t amount to a hill of beans.
“This family standing before you is the real story. Both Stacey Jones and her husband Gerald work full time. They work hard to support their three kids. They play by the rules. They pay taxes. And they want to know why they were left out of the increase in the child tax credit!
“Because it just doesn’t make sense – to them or to me – that a family with two parents who work full time jobs so that they can take good care of their three children could have been deliberately left behind in an expansion of a child tax credit. Hard to believe – but it is true.
“We are talking about working American families and their kids, including farmers’ families, soldiers’ families, nurses’ families and families like the Joneses. Real people who work hard, play by the rules and wish that a check was being mailed to their home address today.
“Our message is clear: Mr. President, your photo op yesterday sure was nice for you. But instead of posing in front of the cameras, the Jones family and six and a half million other families wish you would pick up the phone and call the Republicans who control Congress and tell them to stop the delay – not Tom Delay, though that wouldn’t be a bad idea to stop him either – but stop the delay in providing tax relief for working families.”
Stacey and Gerald Jones live in Lexington Park, Maryland in St. Mary’s County. They have three children: Michelle, 11, Brittany, 9, and Gerald, 3.
Stacey and Gerald both work full time at Quality Transfer in Lexington Park. Their income was $25,500 last year, just under the $26,625 cut off for a family with three kids to receive the tax credit increase.