Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to President Barack Obama's comments on the fiscal cliff:
“On Tuesday, the American people made it clear that they support a balanced approach to bring down deficits and set our nation back on a sound fiscal path – one that does not ask working families and those struggling to get by to bear the burden of deficit reduction, but instead asks the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.
“The President’s message today was as clear as the outcome of the election: the time has come for Republicans to stop holding hostage tax cuts for the middle class and small businesses, and work with Democrats to pass such an extension immediately. The Senate has already passed a bill to that effect that the President would sign, providing families and businesses with the certainty they need. The House should take up that bill and pass it immediately.
“The election we just concluded posed a clear choice of two visions for America, and Americans chose the path that asks all of our people to share in the responsibility of bringing down our deficits while protecting and enhancing the opportunities that have long sustained the American Dream. It is time for this Congress to act on that vision.”