December 16, 2011

We passed a bill here through the House some days ago which provided for the extension of the payroll tax cut that we gave to 160 million Americans last year. Our economy is still not as robust as we want it to be, and the President of the United States has said, let's continue that tax cut for middle-income Americans. We have not done that yet, and unfortunately the bill that we passed through the House had items in it that obviously the Senate does not agree with.

December 15, 2011

"I rise out of a deep concern that this congress continues to ask one group to sacrifice to bring down our nation's deficit while not asking others to contribute as well."

December 14, 2011

“This was not a real bill, Lawrence, in the sense that the President indicated he would veto it. The leader in the Senate, the Majority Leader said it couldn`t pass and wouldn`t pass the Senate. We have 72 hours to go before the government shuts down. We have 18 days, approximately, left to go until the end of the year. We need to stop playing politics and pretense and get down to doing things that both parties can pass.”

December 13, 2011

I rise in opposition to this bill. We are now in overtime. The scheduled date for ending this session was December 8. That date, of course, was substantially later than we normally suggest ending the session. Notwithstanding that fact, we did not meet that deadline.

December 2, 2011

Coal in the stocking ought not to be what we leave for the American people at the end of this year. We’re going to have some three million people who are going to be without the ability to support themselves and their families if we don’t pass an extension of unemployment insurance benefits in the next few days.

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