Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after House Speaker John Boehner announced his "Plan B" to the fiscal cliff as deficit negotiations continue:
"I continue to be encouraged by positive signs of negotiation between the President and the Speaker. However, Speaker Boehner’s decision today to schedule a partisan vote on a ‘plan B’ is not helpful. America needs a big and balanced plan to reduce our debt, not more hollow political votes. While it is a good sign that talks continue, we need to keep the focus on negotiations to move the country forward.
"We cannot get the revenue we need from higher tax rates on those making over $1 million, as Speaker Boehner’s ‘plan B’ suggests. The math does not add up. With just days left, I am encouraging Democrats to oppose the Speaker's move and send a message that we, Democrats and Republicans together, must get back to the real work of negotiating a big and balanced solution."